Afzal Amin

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Afzal Raja Amin is a British former Conservative Party aspirant politician and former prospective parliamentary candidate for Dudley North constituency for the 2015 general election until his resignation over claims of conspiring with the involvement of the English Defence League.[1] He served as an officer in the British Army for eleven years.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Afzal Amin grew up in the Black Country and went to schools in Smethwick and Oldbury, before going to Sandwell College. Amin is a Muslim.[3] His parents migrated to Britain from Pakistan.[4] Amin studied Arabic and studied in Mauritania and then went on to gain a degree from SOAS. [5]

He has been married to his wife Michelle for twenty years and they have two adult children together.[6]

Military career[edit]

Amin's grandfather was a military policeman in the British Indian Army and served several tours in Europe during World War II.[4] He then joined the Royal Engineers as a Territorial Army soldier in Oldbury.[7] He was commissioned second lieutenant on the General List in August 1999.[8]

Amin resigned his TA commission in January 2002[9] to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Educational and Training Services Branch of the Adjutant General's Corps (Regular Army) in April 2003. He was promoted lieutenant.[10]

He saw operational service in Iraq and three times in Afghanistan. He was chairman of the Armed Forces Muslim Association.[11] His last posting was at the Army’s Counterinsurgency and Stabilisation Centre. Additionally, he was employed as a visiting researcher and lecturer for the UK Defence Academy's Research and Assessment Branch.[12] He claims to have served as education officer to both Prince William and Prince Harry.[3] He was promoted captain in October 2005[13] and retired from the Army in April 2013.[14]

Political career[edit]

Amin was selected as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the marginal seat of Dudley North in February 2013.[15]

However, in March 2015, Amin was suspended from the Conservative Party for allegedly collaborating with the English Defence League in an attempt to win votes.[16] He claimed he was the victim of a sting.[17] Amin was secretly recorded plotting by Tommy Robinson, formerly of the EDL. Amin promised to be an “unshakeable ally” for the EDL in parliament and to help bring their views to the mainstream.[18] Amin denied any wrongdoing but resigned as the Conservative election candidate on 23 March 2015.[19]

On 26 March 2015 Amin was replaced by new Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Les Jones.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Afzal Amin resigns as Conservative candidate in Dudley North". BBC News. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Afzal Amin: from dream Conservative candidate to fall from grace". The Guardian. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Exposed: Star Tory candidate plotted with race thugs to stage fake EDL demo in cynical bid to win votes". Mail Online. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Ethnic Minorities in Britain" (PDF). FCO. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Global Strategy Forum: Speaker Biography of Afzal Amin" 'Global Strategy Forum" (PDF). October 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tories announce Dudley North MP contender". Dudley News. 13 Feb 2013. Retrieved 24 Aug 2014. 
  7. ^ "On Remembrance Sunday, I Will Think of My Friends and Colleagues Who Did Not Return". Huffington Post. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "No. 56327". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 September 2001. p. 10632. 
  9. ^ "No. 56465". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 January 2002. p. 1126. 
  10. ^ "No. 56952". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 2003. p. 6799. 
  11. ^ "Muslim officer condemns brutal attack". Yorkshire Post. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 27 Sep 2014. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  13. ^ "No. 57813". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 November 2005. p. 14698. 
  14. ^ "No. 60643". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 October 2013. p. 19285. 
  15. ^ http://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2013/02/afzal-amin-selected-as-conservative-ppc-for-dudley-north.html
  16. ^ "Tory Election Candidate Suspended Over Plot". Yahoo News. Sky News. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Jonathan Walker (23 March 2015). "Tory candidate Afzal Amin must be thrown out, Ed Miliband claims". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  18. ^ Afzal Amin: Tory candidate told to 'fess up' over alleged plot to stop fake EDL mosque protest
  19. ^ "Afzal Amin resigns as Conservative candidate in Dudley North". BBC News. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  20. ^ https://www.expressandstar.com/news/2015/03/27/les-jones-chosen-to-replace-afzal-amin-as-dudley-north-conservative-candidate/

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