Author: Javed Bashir

Javed is the Liberal Democrats parliamentary spokesperson and former parliamentary candidate for Calder Valley. He holds a masters degree in innovation and has over two decades of industry experience working on cutting-edge projects across the globe. He is an innovation advisor at the University of York supporting SMEs in the Leeds City Region. Born and bred in Yorkshire, Javed has a passion for making the region a real economic powerhouse.

Yorkshire brides become activists to save their wedding days

Javed Bashir

Brides in the market towns of Yorkshire have become activists to fight for the right to hold their wedding at their dream venue – an historic and culturally significant building dating back to c.1650 that is at risk of closure due to council cutbacks. Their stories are not only heart breaking, but are a response […]

Northern Lib Dems: PM must get a grip of coronavirus spread in the North

Javed Bashir

Today, Liberal Democrats from across the North of England, including four council leaders, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, and Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby, have written to the prime minister stating that the North has been “overlooked by a London-centric government”. The letter calls for a raft of measures to be implemented urgently to […]

Decade of discovery

Javed Bashir
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Part two of a three part series on social change. Part one – Decade of dissonance – is available HERE. One hundred years ago, there was World War One and the Spanish Flu that killed over 50 million people and infected a third of the world population. In 2020, we have a global pandemic with Covid-19 […]

Multigenerational is the new black

Javed Bashir

First, it was minority ethnics, then Blacks Live Matter and now Asians – the popular trope doing the rounds for why the North is being locked down is now multigenerational households. Yes, multigenerational is the new black. Craig Whitaker, Conservative MP for Calder Valley, gave an interview on LBC radio with Ian Payne on 31 […]

Decade of dissonance

Javed Bashir

Part one of a three part series on social change The world is different, especially since Covid-19 emerged and a meagre four months ago the global pandemic triggered a lockdown of the UK economy. But the UK has been different since 2010; we have lived through a decade of dissonance and could now face a […]