Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan backs Independent candidate Faiza Shaheen after Labour row | EUROtoday

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World snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has thrown his help behind impartial candidate Faiza Shaheen, weeks after she was blocked from standing for Labour.

The educational give up Sir Keir Starmer’s get together on 4 June after she was de-selected from representing Chingford and Woodford Green for liking a collection of posts on X that allegedly downplayed antisemitism allegations.

In a video alongside Ms Shaheen, the snooker legend mentioned he was “definitely” voting for the candidate who’s a “massive part of the community”.

The seven-time world champion added: “I just think someone without passion, you know, dictating what goes on around this area isn’t going to be good for the locals.

“I love this area, it’s my home and it’s a really special place for me.”

Taking to social media, Mrs Shaheen expressed her gratitude and wrote: “The GOAT of snooker supporting our campaign! I can’t believe it.

“I’ve been a huge fan of @ronnieo147 since my teen years and I can’t express how much it means to have this local legend supporting my bid to be an Independent MP for Chingford and Woodford Green.”

She added that he would even be attending a rally to help her marketing campaign on 23 June.

After hitting the marketing campaign path, Mrs Shaheen found she had been de-selected as a candidate and introduced her resignation from Labour in a submit on X.

Faiza Shaheen was interviewed on BBC Newsnight hours after her deselection was confirmed
Faiza Shaheen was interviewed on BBC Newsnight hours after her deselection was confirmed (BBC Newsnight)

She mentioned she had been “penalised for describing my experiences of Islamophobia” and claimed there was a “hierarchy of racism” within the Labour Party, including she had “been prevented from speaking out” on points together with Palestine.

The following day, she declared her intention to face as an Independent, and added: “I am standing to give a voice to my community – the community that made me and has put their faith in me.”

In the video, Mr O’Sullivan, 46, mentioned he believed it was essential for his or her native MP to be an individual identified to the realm, and that he believed Mrs Shaheen “wants the best for us”.

He added: “Faiza has bundles of passion. She is well respected here, people know her, they see her in the café or in the supermarket. She’s one of us.

“When I heard she was standing, I got in touch to give her my support. To me, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll be voting for Faiza and, over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be helping to encourage people to get behind her too.”

The Masters championship record-holder had beforehand backed Ed Miliband’s management marketing campaign in 2015 and Jeremy Corbyn in 2017.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ronnie-osullivan-faiza-shaheen-labour-b2564160.html