This weekend, while Boris Johnson prepares to become Britain’s Prime Minister, his young Labour opponent, Ali Milani, will be canvassing hard in Johnson’s seat in Uxbridge. It’s not how every 25-year-old would celebrate their birthday weekend, but Ali isn’t every 25-year-old. He’s a young man within 5,000 votes of unseating the future PM in an increasingly marginal constituency. This wouldn’t just be the first time a sitting prime minister lost his seat in a general election. For a Muslim immigrant to beat a man whose arguably racist comments about “letterboxes” and “piccaninnies” refer to around 30% of his own multi-ethnic constituents, it would also be poetic justice. “I hear that phrase a lot,” Ali says. “On so many levels. I’m the candidate that happens to be Muslim and immigrant. “I’m also the local candidate, and the working-class candidate. “I was born in Iran and came over at the age of five with my mum, so people also see it as poetic justice for Nazanin.” Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is the imprisoned British Iranian mother further endangered by Boris when he was Foreign Secretary. “The buffoon character has consequences,” Ali says. “Nazanin is one of the consequences.” Johnson was parachuted into Uxbridge as the Tory… Read full this story
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