Shear Brow


Shiraj Vali – your 2015 Shear Brow Labour Councillor

I feel privileged to have been selected as your Labour candidate for the local election in May

2015. Many of you will know that I was born and raised in the Shear Brow ward and therefore feel

very passionate about the welfare of its people and the community in general. In my professional

capacity, I currently work as a Management Consultant for a large blue chip organisation, whilst

combining this with active involvement in a range of voluntary work. If I was elected, I will provide a

strong voice to champion the needs of my constituents and will work extremely hard to

secure more strategic outcomes for the ward.

2015 Election Result

Shiraj Adam Valli (Lab): 2232
Irfan Maamu Balapatel (Con): 1234

Turnout: 66.13%
Majority: 998

Your Labour team

Cllr Hussain Akhtar

I’m Hussain Akhtar and, as many of you will know, I was the Labour Councillor in Shear Brow ward from 1997 to 2010 when I stood aside because of my wife’s ill-health. Mercifully, she is now much better. I am very well known in the area because I have lived here for 40 years and have always been involved in community activities. I am looking forward to being able to work with ward residents again and to help with the development of good community relations across the whole of the town.

I have been a Labour Party member for many years. The Labour Party is the only Party that represents ordinary people and, over the years, it has made many laws that have been helpful to the Asian community and I am very proud to have been asked to be the Labour Party candidate in Shear Brow again. When I was a Councillor before, I was involved with a major building development at St. Michael and St John’s school as well as a large improvement scheme in Corporation Park. I was also able to help improve road traffic conditions in the area by introducing a zebra crossing on Victoria St and I am currently working with the Deputy Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Master, to make sure that crime in the area is under control.

315_solly_khonatCllr Suleman Khonat

I’m Solly Khonat, Labour councillor for Shear Brow ward in Blackburn. This page gives information about the work I do with my team to improve the ward where we all live.

Solly (short for Suleman) is married with five children and has been a resident in Blackburn for over 30 years. He is fluent in four languages and has been involved in voluntary work for many years, both as a magistrate and Secretary for Blackburn, Darwen and Great Harwood newsagents. In 2002 he was awarded an ‘unsung hero’ award by the Prince of Wales during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year.

If there is anything at all I can help with, please get in touch with me by phone or email:

Telephone: 01254 674587

Shear Brow videos

We’re trying to make more videos to show the hard work our team does in the ward. Here are our first two attempts. Do let us know what you think!

Shear Brow photos

Here are some photos the team have taken to show some of the improvements we have secured in the ward. You can click the photos to see a description.

Local Election Results Since 2001

Name/Year Party Votes Cast Elected
Hussain Akhtar Labour 2038 E
Vali Abdul Bhikha Conservative 122
Hussain Akhtar Labour 1871 E
Damian Brown Independent 250
Seleman Dudhia Liberal Democrats 1238
Michael Johnson Labour 1560 E
Suleman Kohnat Labour 1587 E
Abdul Matin Conservative 309
Imtiaz Patel Liberal Democrat 1317
Mohammed Younis Liberal Democrat 1214
Damian Brown Independent 199
Michael Johnson Labour 978
Mohamed Arif Waghat Liberal Democrat 1520 E
Michael Johnson Labour
Ilyas Akubat Liberal Democrat 1218
Francis Kwasi Beeby Apaloo Independent 144
Suleman Khonat Labour 1449 E
Zah Hussain Conservative 576
Hanif Musa Patel Liberal Democrat 524
Shahabuddin Solkar Labour 1559 E
Arif Waghat Independent 794
Maryam Batan Conservative 179
Hanif Khonat Labour 1746 E
Muntazir Patel Liberal Democrat 695
Sajid Ismail Adam Conservative 169
Nick Kennedy Liberal Democrat 264
Solly Khonat Labour 1843 E