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Oldham council leader 'attacked on Twitter when her hair covered up poppy in Remembrance Sunday photo'

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As the first Muslim female council leader in the North of England, Arooj Shah feels her decisions come under more scrutiny than those of her white, male counterparts.

And the recently-elected leader of Oldham Council has revealed how the prejudice she faces on a regular basis means the job she'd wanted for years "actually is quite unpleasant most of the time".

Cllr Shah, a Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage, told an online conference how she came under attack on social media over a photo taken at a Remembrance Sunday event when the wind blew her hair over the poppy she was wearing and obscured it. READ MORE: Oldham's first female Muslim leader sent death threats, abused in street and has car firebombed in five months since taking up role

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