Abdul Qadir Chowdhury, known as Murad to his friends, works in hotel management and is also a journalist and a community activist. He has been a Conservative campaigner for many years, living in Newham for over 17 years with his family. Like other residents Murad wants the borough to be inclusive, safe, and clean. Sadly, there continue to be problems with street safety, littering, and a perceived lack of visible police to discourage crime. He believes Community Patrol Officers with real powers are a way forward to tackle escalating crime in local areas of West Ham.
Neighbourhood, cooperation and values are not what they used to be, and we must try to improve this by engaging with others around us and encouraging involvement in all things 'local'.