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Arshad Ali is a British psychologist, political activist and politician who was leader of the Respect Party from November 2012 until December 2012, when he was forced to resign after evidence of a prior conviction for election fraud came to light.

Ali was a longstanding Respect campaigner, having contested council elections in Bradford's Manningham ward in 2007 and in the general election in 2010. He tried and failed to win Bradford West,[1] the constituency taken by George Galloway in 2012 in a landslide victory.

Ali's election as Chair-elect of the Respect Party was announced by Respect Party national secretary Chris Chilvers on 5 November 2012.[2][3] Ali stood down as national chair in December 2012 after it emerged he had a spent conviction for electoral fraud.[2] In 1997, Ali was in jail for six weeks following his conviction for electoral fraud.[4]

Later, he stood for election to a City Council seat as a Respect Party candidate in Bradford in 2014.[5]


  1. ^ "BBC News - Election 2010 - Constituency - Bradford West". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Pidd, Helen (7 December 2012). "Respect party loses second leader in three months". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ Czernik, An (13 November 2012). "Terror law fears may rouse voters in West Yorkshire police chief poll". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Claire (9 May 2014). ""Bradford Respect candidate should face election ban"". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  5. ^ Armstrong (26 April 2014). "Candidates named for City Hall seats". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Salma Yaqoob
Leader of the Respect Party
Succeeded by
George Galloway