Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma has declared his support for David Miliband MP to become the new leader of the Labour Party.
Virendra Sharma MP said:
"Since my election to Parliament I have worked very closely with David on national and international issues and I know that he will provide the leadership that the country and the Labour Party needs. He has the ideas, energy and drive to rebuild the Labour Party and will be a great leader. David has joined me on the campaign trail in Ealing Southall during both my by-election and general election campaigns and I am impressed by his ability to connect with voters. He has my 100 per cent backing and that of my constituency Labour Party."
I would like thank everyone who helped in my campaign and voted Labour in the Ealing Southall Parliamentary election on the 6th May. I am deeply honoured to have been re-elected to serve all the people of Ealing Southall in Parliament irrespective of how they voted.
I will roll up my sleeves and work hard on behalf of every individual and all communities in the constituency, helping build a united community. I will continue to run my office in the constituency and hold regular weekly advice surgeries and prioritise those issues that are important to local people.
Firstly, I'd like to thank my family, fellow Conservatives and my campaign team, without whose support I could not have mounted such an effective campaign.
I would also like to thank each and every one of 12,733 voters who put their faith in me and I hereby promise that I will continue to serve them and others irrespective of the position I hold.
The results and our achievements
As you now know, the results are in and unfortunately, Ealing Southall will not get the new dawn it so richly deserves. Despite the manner in which his campaign was conducted - namely the personal attacks and unfounded allegations against me, the unwillingness to partake in public debates, the vandalism and intimidation of constituents - in the time honoured fashion, I congratulate Virendra Sharma and his team.
I truly hope that the new Labour council will continue to invest in the community as the Conservative council did before them and build on the progress which has been made. Of course, in the interest of the community, we will be keeping a close eye on things.
I'd also like to praise Nigel Bakhai of the Liberal Democrats for mounting a positive and spirited campaign in which we were able to debate the issues and maintain the maturity and decorum of engagement that should come with a democratic election.
We didn't get the 19.17% swing required to gain Ealing Southall (which was always going to be miraculous if achieved). Even so, we have achieved a number of successes with this campaign:
- Ealing Southall is no longer a Labour safe seat. Never again, will the Labour Party take the constituents of Ealing Southall for granted. 12,733 of us have sent the message loud and clear - we will not stand for ineffectual representation.
- The Labour majority which in 1997 stood at 21,423 has now been brought down to 9,291.
- We've shattered the taboo that voting Conservatives is some sort of crime and those who "voted for Singh" can now say with pride that they voted for Conservative principles and values.
Upon closer inspection of the results, the following can be drawn:
We've won the battle for 2nd place having usurped the Liberal Democrats.
We achieved an 8.3% swing in our favour -the largest in West London and nearly double the national swing rate.
We now have a 29.8% share of the overall vote which is an increase of 10.8% (also more than double what the party achieved on a national scale) whereas, Labour's vote share was fell by -5.8% and the Liberal Democrats by -3.3% as can be seen in the following graph:
At the council level, we didn't manage to gain any seats - a trend that was repeated across most of west, south west and east London. However, we massively increased our share of council votes, as can be seen below:
The sheer magnitude of the increase can be seen in the graph below:
The results clearly demonstrate that without a shadow of doubt there is a real alternative to the previous political status quo in Ealing Southall. The Conservatives now have a firm foothold in terms of the popular vote albeit without firm representation. It is also clear that there is a strong desire for change and that this Labour "hold" should not be misconstrued as the right to rule without consultation with the public. There are a significant number of people in Southall (almost 30%) who want to see a difference made and have shown that they do not support the current administration.
On a personal level, it's been a very busy 18 months so I think we all deserve a short break especially my wife Rajinder who has been and continues to be my rock.
From a political perspective, I intend to maintain my interest in the politics of Ealing Southall. My website will remain current and up-to-date. I will continue to do what I can to build upon the foundations we've laid for the Conservative Party and I will certainly keep my door open to all Ealing Southall constituents should they want to consult me for any advice and guidance.
At a glance......
In summary the below points are which I'm passionate about and currently active in supporting:
The protection of the most vulnerable in society--reaching out to teenagers and women who are contemplating abortion - there is hope and there are organisations in the Borough who can help, reaching out to the elderly and those who are isolated and lonely there are many pensioners excluded from society, living on very little - they need more visitors and day trips out to visit some new places, those on low incomes and State Benefits who have ended up in further debt. Youths who are struggling with peer pressure, drug and alcohol problems, job opportunities and stigma of previous criminal convictions.
Building more neighbourhood schemes to help the disadvantaged with mentoring and befrienders.
The promotion of the family, biblically and traditionally as the basic building block of a healthy society. To support lone parents with resources and opportunities to get back into employment without restrictions. For children to have afterschool clubs where they can gain extra help with subjects they are struggling with. A more caring society where we look out for our neighbour.
The proclamation of Jesus Christ as the only ultimate hope for our nation.
Please see our website for more information www.christianparty.org.uk
Christian Party Statement of Faith which all candidates adhere to:
1. We believe in one creator God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as stated in the historic creeds of the Christian church.
2. We acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord over all creation.
3. We believe the Holy Bible to be the inspired, infallible, written Word of God to whose precepts, given for the good of nations and individuals, all man's law must submit.
4. We believe all government to be under the authority of God and that the purpose of government is the maintenance of freedom and justice solely in accordance with biblical principles.
5. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth, personally, visibly and bodily to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
Heard this evening about the story regarding the BNP Candidate and Asian Youth
Is this the type of behaviour we want on our streets. The Asian youth, 18 years old provoked Bob Bailey but the consequences are just brutal.
Do we really want to see this type of behaviour on our streets in 2010..
Alot of tension has been mounting especially with the English Defense League in parts of the country. Ealing has a strong multicultural community, we have forged good links and community cohesion this type of influence will just motivate and incite racial hatred which we can do without.
With my experience dealing with youth crime, it's so easy to fall into a 'gang culture of hatred or self destruction' to gain acceptance or identity. It would be useful if there were more opportunities for various cultures to connect together and impart positive direction such as youth mentors in our community. Where Housing Estates, neighbourhoods could have a specific youth team dealing with antisocial behaviour, counselling and reconciliation teams. Members of the public could represent their ward and local community faith groups could assist in facilitating support.
Alot of the problems today in our society are dealt with at the latter stages when it's to late, such as Police, Probation or social services. If more neighbours would offer a helping supporting hand how many offences or weaknesses could have been picked up at the root.
More community involvement and participation amongst our neighbours and community.
Do you really know who lives at number 24 on our street? That neighbour who recently lost her husband, would it matter to you? Sometimes we can often neglect those who are so close to us..
On another note we were in the van today in various parts of the Borough. Petar translated the message in various languages and had a vote of approval in Acton High street amongst some friendly Somalians. Do we really make an effort to connect with everyone, or have we become hermits in our little cosy comfort zone.
I am so proud of Ealing and here we are, I suppose there is nothing more we can say other than if you would like to research more about the Christian Party it can be found at www.christianparty.org.uk
The Christian Party are here to serve the community with the same message of Jesus Christ. We may be considered a very small party with small beginnings but we each have a big desire to reach out to others with the same message of Jesus to love each other and treat other as Jesus demonstrated to us We believe in integrity in politics and that the Truth that you know shall set you free.
I hope we are given an opportunity to demonstrate the message of the Gospel which in essence is giving one's self for others.
A very big thank you to my senior Pastor Richard and Rajinder Buxton at Ealing Christian Centre for your tremendous encouragement over the years and to all those in the Borough who have a heart to serve others..
Please pray for us, to Him be the Glory.
Finally, a message to all the other Parliamentary candidates standing in the Ealing Central and Acton - wishing you all the very best today!
See our candidates...
Please feel free to email me to find out more about the Christian Party.
Just a little bit about myself, I grew up in Ealing and my first Primary School was St Gregorys, Woodfield Road then followed onto St. Augustines Priory, Hillcrest Road..my youngest sons now attend Christchurch School and Twyford. Over the last year I noticed there is a need for extra support after school for children, I rose to the challenge and using my own resources run an afterschool club for young people to gain extra help in maths, also there is some guitar lessons.
This is a message from Steve Stevens many in the Ealing Borough may have attended the Nationwide Festival of Light in 1972.
Phenomenal reaction to the Election by churches all over UK
Well, after what seems on one hand an eternity but on the other literally 5 minutes, 'P-day' has finally arrived and consequently, the last 24 hours have been absolutely crazy! After staying up last night until 3am responding to emails, I was up with the lark (again) this morning, first of all delivering in Perivale, then on to Northolt West End and Northolt Mandeville for even more delivery (tackling some of those high rise flats), then on to Greenford for some 'walking and talking' and lunch on the go. From there, we headed back to Perivale where we did over 1000 houses in and around the Empire horse shoe. After Perivale, I headed off to Greenford station for commuter 'meet and greet' and then finally went off to Cleveland ward for even MORE delivering and chatting to potential voters in and around Pitshanger lane... So, as you can imagine, I'm shattered! It's been a full on day and my shoes need resoling, but overall it's been a lot of fun.
Whilst chatting to people, one thing is clear... There are still a lot of undecided voters out there. A lot of people have and still are giving this election a lot careful consideration and this is not only good for democracy, it is good for the country as a whole. For the first time, people are not just going to vote along traditional lines. There is real desire for change in the air and for that reason, I hope there is a good turnout tomorrow.
As the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Ealing North, it is natural for me to want you to vote Lib Dem, but please, beyond that, I urge everyone who is reading this to at least VOTE! Once every 5 years you have the power to change the world. That little 'x' you put in a box can have a huge impact on the lives of millions of people. So please, don't waste your opportunity. You really can make a difference by voting for what you believe in.
See you on the other side!
Please pray during this election season
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men - the testimony given in its proper time. (1 Timothy 2:1 - 6, NIV).
It seems a lot of us have already made our minds up .......
Our leaflets are ready and will be campaigning this week in Ealing Broadway and Acton.suzanne.pdf this is a copy of the leaflet being distributed.
I know full well the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at Ealing Hospital, both my youngest sons were born at Ealing Hospital and in total support of 'Choose Ealing' A GROUP campaigning to save acute services at Ealing Hospital who are not prepared to take the proposed closures lying down as they launch the first edition of a 'Choose Ealing' newsletter.
The Ealing Hospital Save Our Services campaign is urging people to 'Choose Ealing' as their first port of call for any services,
Following the revelation that hospitals across London may be downgraded in a bid to fund a £5billion funding shortfall, with the possibility of Ealing Hospital losing its accident and emergency department, children and maternity services, the EHSOS campaign was launched
Singh Fights to Save Ealing Hospital
Government and NHS forces are putting the future of our only local hospital at risk. If proposals are accepted the A&E department will close and Acute Services will surely follow. Even Maternity Services are at risk meaning mothers will have to travel outside the borough to give birth. To retain the Stroke Unit, I submitted a petition containing 1860 signatures. I am now fighting for all services at Ealing Hospital (click "Sign My Petition" in the right hand pane-->).
Our Labour MP has done nothing in the face of these threats. He has not forced the Labour Health Minister to reconsider proposals. He is happy to be pictured opening Health Centres yet when it comes to fighting for local NHS services he is nowhere to be seen.
My personal pledge to you is that if elected, I will immediately halt closure to services until a thorough review of the proposals are carried out. It is our hospital and we must work together to save it. Vote Conservatives and we will not only "Save Our Services" but improve them too.
Cleaner Streets: under Labour, Ealing was officially the "dirtiest borough in London" but now, more than 92% of streets are cleaned to a "Grade A "standard.
If elected, I will continue to keep the environment at the very top of the agenda.
Value for Money: under Labour, Council Tax rose 48% in 4 years and 178% in 12 years. Under the Conservatives, a Band D homeowner paid no increase in 4 years and with the £50 cash-back increases remain below inflation.
If the Conservative Council can deliver this in 4 years, imagine the changes a Conservative Council plus a Conservative MP plus a Conservative Government could bring! It's time for us to clean up Labour's mess.
If elected, I will encourage a sensible fiscal policy the encourages growth with prudence. Further still, if you elect me, I will be a "value for money MP". I will make sure you are represented to the very best of my ability.
Gurcharan Singh Fighting and Stopping Undesirable and Antisocial Developments
I've been at the forefront of fighting the menace of undesirable developments such as proposals to develop a brown field site by Frendscastle at Hanwell and the gas works site at Southall. While the Frendscastle application was simply an over development, the gas board site submitted two applications (one for bio-fuel and the other to build 3,750 houses/flats) which were woefully short on detail in infrastructure and safety from contamination. I along with my colleagues and community groups lobbied Councillors and were successful in getting the applications declined. However, Mayor Johnson overturned the gasworks decision by "calling it in". Even so, the fight is far from over and regardless of my Party affiliation, the needs of Southall residents come first.
If elected, I will continue to work with the council to appeal the Mayor's decision.
New library and Health Centre
Despite unjustified opposition from Labour the Conservative Council, together with local NHS, invested £1.5m and opened the thriving Library and Health Centre at Jubilee Gardens.
If elected, I will fight to ensure that the investment into Ealing Southall continues to increase. I will fight to ensure that areas such as Spike's Bridge Park are regenerated.
Suzanne Fernandes, Parent Campaigner and Ealing Central and Acton, Parliamentary Candidate for Christian Party says encouraging School Children to engage in under age Sex Must End
Suzanne Fernandes, a concerned parent is standing for Parliament in Ealing Central and Acton. With a strong community agenda, she will oppose new obligations on schools to provide contraceptive advice to under age children. Running for the Christian Party Suzanne is challenging the support given by Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats for compulsory, explicit sex education in all schools, including church and other faith schools. She warns parents in Ealing that the cross-party supported Children, Schools and Families Bill marks a new phase in the government's relentless quest to undermine parents and impose a new morality upon school children, Suzanne Fernandes says: " The materials children are being exposed to would horrify many parents, especially among the borough's diverse faith communities. There are condoms being issued after so-called sex education classes"
It wasn't me.....
Just to say there may be some Ealing residents who may have found a Christian Party election leaflet on their car windscreen. My 12 year old son Jamie decided without my knowledge to help mum with her campaign leafet and with his school friend went on a mission to various parts of the Borough on his bike distributing our leaflet. He mentioned he put 50 through the letterbox at Thames Valley University as he felt most students there should be eligible to vote. Well 10/10 for trying but it wasn't me...
Preamble: This post is a direct response to a concern raised by one of our valued constituents. To respect their privacy, I've chosen not to name them.
Ealing Southall is a very unique place. Southall in particular has a distinct identity and is often termed "Little India". However, there are many communities here. In fact, there's probably a case to give some parts of the area the title of "Little Pakistan", "Little Afghanistan", "Little Sri Lanka", "Little Somalia" and even "Little Britain" (though the latter would not bare much resemblance to the TV show of the same name).
The point I'm making is that I completely recognise the other communities and faiths that make up the fabric of our community. The differences between us are what bind us and make our lives in this great constituency much richer.
One thing I would like to make distinctly clear is that come May 6th, I would like the constituents to judge me based on my track record and the efforts I've made on behalf of the community and not, my surname.
I have tried to make this clear in my recognition of the various religious occasions that our celebrated by us. For example, through the distribution of cards:
Now, as far as I'm concerned, distributing cards and leaflets does not equate to showing commitment to inter-faith cohesion but it does show recognition of our differences.
If elected, I will make sure that I represent the concerns and interests of all communities. This will include visiting local Mosques, Mandirs, Churches and Gurdwaras. I would like to set up an inter-faith working group to ensure that we can tackle local issues together and in a unified manner. I believe that the issues we face cut across us all. For example, we all care about the NHS, we all care about the safety of our families, we all want to be able to express our religious freedoms without hindrance and we all care about education. Therefore, we should tackle these issues together.
Many thanks to all those who participated in today's campaign walk in Southall. The turnout was better than expected and we even managed to top last week's efforts. Better still, we even beat the rain -a good omen perhaps!
The people of Ealing Southall are beginning to realise that there is a real alternative to Labour. More and more, we are beginning to realise that we have truly been let down both at a local and national level.
I wanted to use today's campaign walk as an opportunity to let you all know that your priorities are my priorities. For example:
- Healthcare services - particularly those for the elderly;
- Crime within our communities;
- Education standards for our children;
- Business prosperity and jobs; and
- Unfair parking penalties.
For too long, Labour Parliamentary candidates have relied too heavily on the "block vote" systems of old. They seem to believe that they can get by with just turning up on the day. They seem to think that their deserving constituents will be satisfied with poor representation (don't take my word for it, see They Work for You). I think enough is enough and it's high time we make all politicians realise that votes must be earned and that accountability will be expected.
We have an immense challenge ahead of us this week. Ealing Southall has been a Labour
stronghold stranglehold for over 50 years now. We require one of the biggest swings in the country. However, having seen the groundswell of support that was clearly visible today, I am confident that we are on the verge of a historical upset.
Such was the mood of those present that rather than ending the walk at Southall Bridge having walked through Old Southall, we went on through South Road and The Broadway. It was a great success.
PS: to view pictures from the event, click here.
Born and raised in West London, Carter attended Southfield Primary School and Ealing Grammar School for Girls (now Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls). She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Middlesex University and CPE/LPC Law and Solicitor's training at Ealing Law School, Thames Valley University.
Although her roots are entrenched in the Ealing community, Carter has spent many years studying and working in New York, where she earned a Master of Arts from Teacher's College, Columbia University and a Master of Laws, LLM, from Touro Law Center.
Mr Sharma contradicts himself by saying that he is "happy to meet with any constituent" and yet when he had the opportunity to do so at yesterday's debate, he failed to show up. I find it staggering that Mr Sharma would put his personal, petty grievances ahead of the concerns of his constituents.
This isn't the first time. Sunrise Radio, Akash Radio, Desi Radio and Punjab Radio all wanted to arrange a debate between the main party candidates yet were unable to do so due to Sharma's dogged pursuit of his nonsense policy. To my mind, and for many others, this clearly points to a lack of debating skill, knowledge of the issues and confidence.
If Sharma is unwilling to debate with any person or group that he disagrees with, how can he possibly represent his constituents in Parliament? We need an advocate who is willing to fight for our concerns regardless of the opposition present.
Pettiness and cowardice are possibly the least desirable traits in an MP.
In response to the "open letter" to David Cameron about my suitability as a candidate, the "facts" Mr Sharma and his cohorts present are so outrageous and clearly the ramblings of a desperate man and his flailing party. Neither I nor the Conservative Party feel the need to dignify them with a response.
With the cumbersome distractions out of the way, I'd like to bring to your attention...(see next post)
Dear Mr. Pound,
Over the last few weeks I have shared a platform with you on 3 separate occasions and each time, when the subject of the planned closure of the A&E unit at Ealing Hospital arises, your response has varied. First of all, you simply denied any existence of a plan to cut the service and dismissed out of hand the concerns of residents and staff. However at the recent hustings held at St. Barnabas church in Northolt, you gave a rousing speech that ended in you saying something along the lines of: "If this were to happen I would be the first to lie down in front of the bulldozer" (or words to that effect). But as my mother would say: "fine words butter no parsnips", Steve. Whether the rumours are true or false, you know that this is of major concern to residents and staff, so where are the public meetings, organised by you, to discuss this issue with the community in order to allay their fears? Why didn't you demand the Health Secretary comes to Ealing and explain the rumours himself and state categorically that there would be no unit closure? Where was the Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons on the issue? Why couldn't you even support your former Parliamentary colleague Virenda Sharma (former MP for neighbouring Ealing Southall) with his EDM? If these are just scurrilous rumours then how can you explain all the attention they are receiving in the local and national media?
The plan to close the A&E unit (and the threat to withdraw other frontline services) at Ealing Hospital is the single most important local issue to the residents of Ealing. As one of the 3 MPs for the Borough of Ealing, you had the power to bring the full glare of the media to this all important issue and yet you have failed to do so. Why is that Steve? On more than one occasion I've heard you say that when you reached a position of seniority within the party, you felt compelled to resign as a matter of principle. So, where is this selfless self sacrifice now? Whether loved or loathed, one thing is clear - you are one of Ealing's most high profile personalities. So why are you so uncharacteristically quiet of this issue?
The answer to this, I suspect, is that you know what is being planned, but you know it would be political suicide to do anything about it. If you own up to the plot to close the A&E unit at Ealing Hospital and join local residents and staff in their fight against it, I guess that means you can kiss good bye to any future favours from Gordon Brown and the Labour party (GB may even be the one driving the bulldozer!). And you know if you were to even attempt to justify the government's position, you could wave farewell to any chance of getting re-elected. So what do you do? Deny everything until after the election where, if elected, due to the biased political system with no mechanism to recall MPs, you'd be guaranteed a job for another 5 years regardless. With any luck, memories will fade, much as they have done over the Iraq war that you voted for... Or better still, blame it on the problems with the economy (which again, is of Gordon Brown and Labour's making).
So Steve, it's way past the time for words - now it's time for action. You need to come out of the shadows on this one and make your position clear. Either publicly explain to all the residents of Ealing, but in particular those living in Ealing North, how there is no proposed plan to close the A&E unit, or join Ealing Lib Dems and others who are campaigning against any reduction in NHS front line services. There's always room on the petition, Steve. A former MP's name would be most welcome.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate
Ealing North Constituency
Last night I attended the debate arranged by the "Save our Services" team. The purpose of this was to enable the public to gauge their Parliamentary Candidates for their stance on the services under threat at Ealing hospital. I and Lib Dem candidate Mr Nigel Bakhai attended. Mr Virendra Sharma, the Labour candidate failed to attend.
The debate was a good one and what became increasingly clear to me was that the NHS is being subject to "creeping privatisation". This is basically a situation whereby, key parts of our hospitals are being stripped away and sold to the highest bidder piece by piece. The clear risk here is that when the business world gets involved in running the NHS, priorities become mixed up. The main stakeholder of the NHS is you - the patient - whereas the main stakeholders for these private companies are their shareholders who want nothing more than improved profits. These profits can only be achieved by cutting costs and making "efficiency savings" - something that will inevitably lead to more risk and a downgraded service. This is unacceptable.
Unfortunately, Mr Sharma failed to see the merits of turning up to such an important debate. Instead, he sent a messenger to ask for a pre-written statement to be read aloud (the wording of which I recognised from his campaign material and was probably written by head office on his behalf). It later transpired that he was at the local Paradise restuarant a short walk away on North Road.
The most shocking thing about Mr Sharma's stance is that he misguidedly believes he has saved the day already! He is under the impression that he has gained unequivocal confirmation that Ealing Hospital is safe yet, it was clear to me and those in attendance yesterday, that this is far from the case.
What added further insult to the injury of his no-show was that only an hour after the debate, he had the gall to profess his commitment to the Ealing hospital cause on Punjab Radio.
My position on this is very clear. I have made it a top priority of mine to not only fight to retain the services at Ealing Hospital but to enhance them further. Further still, the Conservative Party has committed to safeguard the NHS budget - something the other parties have failed to commit to.
Mr David Cameron
Leader of the Conservative Party
Conservative Campaign Headquarters
28th April 2010
Dear David Cameron,
SHAME ON YOU DAVID CAMERON FOR ENDORSING GURCHARAN SINGH AS A TORY CANDIDATE - IS THIS MAN FIT TO BE A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT?
Let us give you FACTS first before asking you some questions...
Cllr. Gurcharan Singh is a violent man. At a meeting of Southall councillors, "Cllr. Panadure was knocked to the floor in front of colleagues by Cllr. Gurcharan Singh...For minutes the eight councillors sat in stunned silence as the injured man was forced to lie down with an ice pack on his nose." (Southall Gazette report 20 May 1988).
Our QUESTION ...As a man with such a violent temper, is Cllr. Gurcharan Singh not potentially a danger to his constituents, staff and his fellow politicians? Anyone who disagreed with him would risk attack and personal injury at his hands. Your Party made great drama out of unsubstantiated allegations of 'bullying' against Gordon Brown. So, we have the right to ask if you knew about these facts about Cllr. Singh?
I have a longstanding policy of not sharing a platform with Gurcharan Singh because of his divisive and unethical political activities. Yesterday along with all the Labour candidates in Ealing Southall I wrote a letter to David Cameron calling on him to withdraw his endorsement of Cllr Singh as a Tory candidate because of his total unsuitability. Unfortunately this meant I was unable to attend the meeting. I provided a written statement reiterating my total support for the Save Our Services Campaign for Ealing Hospital and outlining the many actions I have taken to protect acute services there. I am happy to meet with any constituent to discuss the issue and let them know what I am doing to protect services at Ealing Hospital.
Ealing Southall Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Nigel Bakhai has slammed Labour's Virendra Sharma for failing to turn up to an election debate on the future of Ealing Hospital.
The future of Ealing Hospital appears to be in jeopardy after recent revelations that the Accident and Emergency, Maternity and Children's wards are all under threat. A meeting was called at Dormers Wells High School by concerned local residents and candidates from the three main parties were invited to speak. However, the Labour candidate failed to show after accepting the invitation, and the Conservative candidate walked out half way through the meeting after facing criticism on his party's policies.
Nigel Bakhai said: "The Labour candidate failed to speak up in Parliament when the stroke unit was threatened and his failure to attend this meeting clearly proves that he is not the man to defend Ealing Hospital from future closures. This is the number one issue for local residents in our area and he is arrogant enough to believe that he doesn't need to defend his Government's actions because he takes their votes for granted."