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Q&A: My Barking & Dagenham - PHD researcher Afzal Munna

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 June 2018

Afzal Munna

Afzal Munna is a PHD researcher at the University of Bath and the representative for an education union in Barking and Dagenham.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have been living in this borough since November 2016.

My only child goes to a local school where my wife also works as a volunteer.

I am the Barking & Dagenham representative for National Education Union and also an executive member for the Liberal Democrats.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

I have been living in this borough less than two years but I believe the borough shares a very good ethnic harmony and also the schools are good for kids.

We still have a good number of green spaces in this borough comparing to other boroughs.

Our library is one of a kind and something to be proud of.

What one thing would you change?

More accommodation facilities for homeless people.

Use three words to describe the area.

Open, tolerant and united.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Jonathan Cruddas MP, the British Labour Party politician.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

I would introduce ’cashless country’ so that every income comes through proper financial systems to secure more tax for social welfare.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

I would focus more on drug abuse and anti-social behaviour.

I would also focus on patronising and promoting the youth entrepreneurial and creative skills development.

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