Ibrahim Dogus

Ibrahim Dogus

Ibrahim Dogus is the founder of the SME4LABOUR, founder and director of the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS.ORG), a non-partisan forum and think tank focusing on Turkey, and founder of the British Kebab Awards (www.britishkebabawards.co.uk). 

Ibrahim has been working as a community leader in the UK for many years, supporting communities originating from Turkey and neighbouring countries. Prior to this, he was director of several community-led projects in London and across the UK working for London’s vibrant and diverse community life. He has supported the local councils in their efforts to encourage active social participation and citizenship amongst Turkish, Turkish-Cypriot and Kurdish communities. 

He runs several successful small businesses in London. He has contributed to discussions regarding Turkey and minorities from Turkey in various British and Turkish media outlets. His work was covered in the BBC, Al Jazeera, ITV, Channel 4, The Guardian, Evening Standard and Radikal and Hurriyet newspapers. 

He holds the MA degree in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS and BA in Politics from University of Greenwich, and he is married to Raife Aytek, and father of Mirzan and Alan.

Ibrahim Dogus

Ibrahim Dogus

Ibrahim Dogus is the founder of the SME4LABOUR, founder and director of the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS.ORG), a non-party political forum and think tank focusing on Turkey, and founder of the British Kebab Awards (www.britishkebabawards.co.uk).

Ibrahim Dogus

Why I am standing for Labour in Cities of London and Westminster

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My name is Ibrahim Dogus and I’m standing as the Labour candidate in Cities of London and Westminster at the general election.

After coming to London at the age of 14 with my family as political refugees from Turkey, I now run five successful small businesses and 4 charitable organisations in the heart of the city and employ over 60 people.

London has shown my family immense kindness and support. Thanks to our schools, I learned the skills to set up my business, while the dedicated doctors and nurses of the NHS saved my life. 

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Bira, the world’s first ever beer for kebabs!

Launched in December 2016, Bira is the world’s first ever beer created especially as an accompaniment to quality kebabs, grilled meats and BBQ meals. Developed by a master brewer and one of Britain’s leading kebab restaurateurs, Bira goes perfectly with the flavours and spices used in the foods of the Eastern Mediterranean and Anatolia. Lovingly crafted over many months of hard work, Bira is certain to make a splash in the UK’s burgeoning kebab restaurant scene.

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SMEs: the heart of our communities and the backbone of our economy

Labour has in the past been tacitly and even directly accused of being inherently anti-business. The party has been accused of being out of touch with the communities of modern Britain. Both suggestions are patently false. But these suggestions are sadly widespread. And they were I believe partly what prompted people’s surprised reactions when we founded SME for Labour. It is something that the Labour Party can and should work against.

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Small businesses are engines of social justice and employment

To many of us, it surely seems right now that the world is changing in unexpected, and sometimes scary, ways.

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Turkey, Iraq and the possibility of “regional war”

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that Turkey’s decision to maintain its troop presence in Iraq could lead to a “regional war”.

 

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The wrong path of President Erdogan

Turkey’s most recent previous coup took place in 1997, was known as a post-modern or ‘soft’ coup. There was no military presence on streets or on air, yet enough pressure was put on the coalition government, by Turkish Army, to cause the Islamist leader of the Welfare Party Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to resign. His party was subsequently disbanded by the Constitutional Court on the basis that it violated the secular principles of the Turkish Republic.

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Westminster Kitchen Launches

I am very excited about the launch of my new restaurant the Westminster Kitchen and wanted to share the news on WriteYou. 

Below is a copy of the press release we have issued:

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Why the EU is good for small and medium enterprises

There will be a chance to change the current government by May 2020. However, we will not have an opportunity to vote again for EU membership if we leave on the 24th June. The vote we have on the 23rd June requires us to make a bigger decision than a general election. After every election there will be another one and we can vote people out. The EU referendum is a once in a lifetime decision.

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