Ayoub Khan, a Birmingham barrister, has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight the Police and Crime Commissioner by-election. Khan, (41), of Aston, Birmingham offered his condolences to the family of Bob Jones who died unexpectedly on 1 July, and promised to press for the rights of citizens in Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall and Wolverhampton in the run up to the by-election, which takes place on 21 August. He also urged voters to make their voices heard, after the West Midlands recorded a second-from-worst turnout of just 12% at the original 2012 election.
Khan, who administered first aid to a gun-shot victim fifty yards from his house in 2002, was called to the bar in 2005. He was a Birmingham City Councillor 2003-2012, and stood against Clare Short for Ladywood constituency in 2005, and also in 2010. He holds a degree in chemistry and a Masters in engineering from the University of Birmingham, in addition to his law degree from Birmingham City University. He is married and has six children, including twin boys. All attend local schools.
Ayoub Khan said today: "We have a problem in the West Midlands. Crime is falling, but people feel less safe than ever. We need faster police response times. We need better crime prevention, and we need reassurance.
"I grew up in Birmingham, and I've lived here all my life. I've dedicated myself to serving West Midlands people, through the courts, and as an elected representative."
Martin Turner, chair of West Midlands Liberal Democrats, said today: "Ayoub is a local hero who saved a man's life, and risked his own doing it. Anyone can talk about crime, but it's another thing to run to a man's rescue with gunmen still at the scene."
Paul Tilsley, leader of Birmingham Liberal Democrats, said today: "I'm delighted that he's our candidate. He's got good police experience. His legal background will make him an excellent commissioner."
John Hemming, MP for Yardley, said today: "Ayoub Khan is an excellent candidate. His track record as cabinet member for Community Safety shows that he knows how to make the political system deliver for people. His understanding of the situation in the West Midlands is second to none."
Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull, said today: "Ayoub Khan is a local barrister with a deep knowledge of the issues facing people in our region. He understands the need for people to fell safe and he has an understanding of the diverse group of communities which form it. He also has the leadership and communication skills to ensure we get the best possible policing service for everyone in the West Midlands."
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