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Salma Yaqoob stands down due to ill health

Salma Yaqoob
Image caption Ms Yaqoob became politically active after 11 September 2001

Birmingham anti-war Respect councillor Salma Yaqoob is stepping down due to ill health.

Ms Yaqoob, a member of the city council since 2005, said it had not been an easy decision but one she had to make.

"As a result of my worsening health I simply cannot continue to represent Sparkbrook in the way I think its people deserve," she said.

Ms Yaqoob has often spoken out against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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