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Policing and education issues raised with Keighley's MP
3:50pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Keighley
Policing, education and parking problems were on the agenda during a Bangladeshi community group’s meeting with Keighley’s MP.
About 15 members of the north region of the Greater Sylhet Development and Welfare Council met with Kris Hopkins at Churchill House in North Street.
Ashraf Miah, vice-chairman of the organisation’s north region, said: “The meeting went well – it was a very fruitful event.”
Mr Hopkins said: “Bangla-deshi people have played an important role in the history of Britain, and have made a strong contribution to the diverse culture of Keighley.
“I was delighted to meet with the Greater Sylhet Council, and look forward to future discussions with them and other community groups in the weeks and months ahead.”
Mr Miah said he and his colleagues talked about how to improve formal links between local Bangladeshis and the police. The Bangladeshi community in Keighley consists of more than 2,000 people.
He added the group talked about academic achievement amongst Keighley’s young Bangladeshis, and asked Mr Hopkins to look into parking problems outside the Shah-jalal Mosque in Temple Row.
Mr Miah said he and his colleagues also requested Mr Hopkins address an issue which inconveniences north England-based Bangladeshis wanting to travel to their ancestral country.
“There used to be flights to Bangladesh from Manchester Airport, but these stopped in 2011,” he said. “Now we have to go to Heathrow. We asked Mr Hopkins to write to the Bangladesh [national carrier] Biman, to see if the Manchester flights can be resumed.”