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Q&A: Fundraiser Emdad Rahman

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 October 2017

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Cricket club chairman and volunteer Emdad Rahman is fiercely proud of his borough. He is keen to celebrate community heroes and champion the history of the borough but feels greater focus on tackling crime should be a priority.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I have been a resident since 2006.

I am the very proud chairman of Scintilla Cricket Club - a local team with amazing accomplishments which have put the borough further in the limelight.

I am also the homeless soup kitchen co-ordinator for the Barking and Dagenham Volunteer Bureau. These roles are voluntary and give me great satisfaction serving and knowing that we are making a difference.

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

The diversity is tremendous and the sense of community spirit is excellent. Everybody tries their best to get on whether they are old or new. There’s lots of exciting new things and developments taking place and the community are involved. We have great heritage, history and also recognised as a sporting hotbed.

What one thing would you change?

I would ensure that the borough hosts two cricket teams in equal measure.

Use three words to describe the area?

Growing, passionate, together.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

I have met so many inspiring people but Sir Roger Bannister features very highly. Legendary heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis was amazing. David Haye was a class act along with Kumar Sangakkara and John Barnes.

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

• Free education until completion of degree

• Free medical care for every national

• Free school meals all round and an effective strategy to tackle homelessness, crime, child poverty

• Better focus on care for the elderly

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

I would focus greatly on crime, highlighting the impact and holding the relevant people to account. I would also dedicate space to the arts, sporting excellence and young peoples achievements. I’d introduce a community heroes and history section.

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