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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.
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.
David Miliband and Virendra Sharma Labour's candidate for Ealing Southall visited the Sri Guru Singh Sahba Gurdwara in Southall on Friday 16th April to meet worshippers and local people. Following the visit to the Gurdwara Virendra Sharma accompanied David Miliband on a campaign walkabout in King Street, Southall where they were enthusiastically received by local people.
Over 70 prominent economists publishing a letter in the Times are warning that David Cameron's rapid cuts would risk putting Britain back into recession
David Cameron failed to set out a vision for this country in the first TV debate and again refused to set out where his immediate cuts would fall.
David Cameron's Tories are looking increasingly isolated every time they call for immediately cutting support to the economy and putting the recovery at risk.
Last night in the TV debate David Cameron should have dispelled the doubts people had about him, but the debate served only to reinforce them.
Gordon Brown set out a clear and coherent plan for the future, showed a clear contrast between substance and style, and highlighted the risk to Britain from Tory policies.
It was the night David Cameron was exposed as a lightweight. It was a succession of lines and slogans, not a vision for Britain that we saw. His inexperience and the sense he will say and do anything to get elected is becoming more of an issue with voters. As Gordon Brown said last night, it's not question time, it's answer time.
When the Tories were last in power we regularly had a "winter crisis" in our hospitals with patients dying on trolleys in corridors because of a shortage of beds and chronic under-investment in the NHS. Waiting times for treatment were regularly up to 18 months.
Since then Labour has invested massively in the NHS and in these difficult economic times we are now promising to protect health budgets and guard frontline health services.
A message to the voters of Ealing Southall - By Virendra Sharma
I have served and represented the people of Ealing Southall for 28 years. Hanwell and Southall are where I have lived with my wife and family for almost all my adult life. My children and grandchildren were born in Ealing Hospital and attended or currently go to local schools. We are firmly rooted in the local community and I want the very best for every family and individual in Ealing, Hanwell and Southall.
Bassam has grown up and lived in the borough of Ealing since the age of four. Education is important to Bassam who attended school locally at Gunnersbury RC High School in Northfields and currently serves as Chair of Governors at the borough's school for children with special educational needs.
As Ealing Labour's Transport, Environment & Climate Change Spokesman he has brought about Labour's new position on the tram (anti-tram, pro-public transport solution to congestion problems of west London), has pushed for increases in recycling and wants more action to tackle climate change locally.