Ayub is a local boy made good. Despite leaving school aged 16 and becoming a machinist in a “sweat shop”, he was able to go on to Ruskin College, Oxford, and to later complete a Masters Degree. If it wasn’t for the Labour Party and trade unions, ordinary working people would never have had this opportunity. However, he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and he is passionate about inspiring and supporting present day East Enders, from all our communities, to follow him and educate themselves out of poverty.
John Gray, Tower Hamlets UNISON Labour Link branch officer