AN ASIAN Christian leader from Huddersfield is today hoping to be elected an MP.
Christian Party candidate Yakub Masih, 49, from Salendine Nook, is contesting a by-election in Ealing and Southall, Greater London.
Mr Masih, who is general secretary to the UK Asian Christian Fellowship, will compete against 11 other candidates in the election to replace Piara Khabra, who died aged 82.
Other hopefuls include representatives from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Green, UKIP, Respect and Monster Raving Loony parties.
Mr Masih, who grew up in Pakistan, is an adviser to the Bishop of Wakefield.
The Christian Party is against same-sex marriage and abortions.
Mr Masih said: “Nothing is impossible. I’m getting positive feedback from Christian and Muslims because I’m the first Pakistani to stand in this seat.
“It will raise tremendous awareness in the country of Christianity and Pakistani Christians.
“You never know, while the big parties are fighting the small parties may do well. I believe a lot of the Asian community don’t know what Tory or Labour policies are. I’ve sent material in their own language to them. No-one has the same family values.”