Think-tank director and author Maajid Nawaz has been selected as the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Kilburn and Hampstead seat.
Mr. Nawaz is the author of “Radical”, a memoir about his time in Islamic political group Hizb ut-Tahrir and his ultimate decision to leave it and found the counter-extremism think-tank Quilliam.
Arrested in Cairo in 2002 for his involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, he was adopted as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and released four years later. He now promotes “awareness around Islamism”.
Mr. Nawaz says: “I want to demonstrate how the Islamist ideology is incompatible with Islam. Secondly…develop a Western Islam that is at home in Britain and in Europe… reverse radicalization by taking on their arguments and countering them.”
As a parliamentary candidate for the Liberal Democrats, he says of the party: “What I’d like to do is use the party machine, and the party itself, for good; breaking across racial, religious and other such community divides and try and work with the Lib Dems to unify people around the citizenship and Liberal agenda. The party is the perfect vehicle to do that because of its track record on these issues.”