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The General Election on 7th May is the most unpredictable for a generation. No one really knows what the outcome will be but one thing is for certain: every vote will count.

The new multi-party system we have – illustrated by the 7-way leaders’ debate on ITV – almost certainly won’t be reflected in the number of MPs each party has in the new House of Commons. Our first-past-the-post, winner takes all voting system was fine when there were just two big political parties but it looks a bit ridiculous when there are 5 serious contenders for every seat.

I’m offering something different from the others: I believe in a fairer economy – that creates good jobs that pay at least the living wage. I believe in a public NHS – with no public money going into private profits. And I believe in a safe climate – taking real action on climate change to secure our children’s future.

I know others will say that this is all impossible – that we should think small, not big. That we shouldn’t be bold, ambitious or have a long-term vision for our country. But I couldn’t disagree more.

I’m standing in this election because most politicians don’t represent me or my values. They didn’t represent me when they introduced, then trebled university tuition fees (often while promising to keep education free). They didn’t represent me when they started closing SureStart children’s centres and libraries. They didn’t represent me when they took Britain to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Maybe they didn’t represent you either.

That’s why I joined the Green Party. Finally I’d found a political party that cared about the things I care about: about making life easier, not harder for people. Helping new parents with a free universal early education and childcare service. Making sure that every school is a good school with a balanced and enriching curriculum rather than an exam factory that stifle children’s potential and creativity. Scrapping undergraduate tuition fees and reintroducing student grants to ensure that universities do not become the preserve of a wealthy elite.

No one pretends that this isn’t going to come with a price tag. But we’re honest about that – if you’re in the super-rich elite, a tax dodging multi-millionaire or intent on wrecking our environment then watch out: we’re coming to get you and your ill-gotten gains!

You have a fantastic opportunity to get the politics you deserve. But only if you vote for what you believe in. Go on – be bold: vote Green.

Tom Sharman is the Green Party’s parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton in the General Election on 7th May. You can read the Green Party’s General Election Manifesto online on the Green party website.

 

You can email Tom at tom4ealing@greenparty.org.uk, like him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenTomSharman and follow him on Twitter: @tom_sharman

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I’ve been a W5 resident for over 40 years. I’m proud to be standing in my home town of Ealing Central and Acton where I attended school at Montpelier followed by Notting Hill and Ealing along with my two siblings:  Nutun Ahmed (a former 135 alumnus) and tv presenter Konnie Huq. I’m now not a professional politician but a proud public sector worker and the only candidate who is an Ealing mum. I’d say Labour is the best choice for Ealing parents and hard-working families across the country for many reasons.

On childcare we are offering 25 hours free childcare every week for 3 and 4 year olds and wrap around afterschool for school aged children, from breakfast clubs to afterschool.

On education there has been too much meddling by education ministers such as Michael Gove and it is a real worry recent NASWT research showed 67% of teachers want to leave the profession. Labour will cap class sizes at 30 for 5, 6 and 7 year olds. The numbers of children in 30+ classes in early years at school has risen exponentially. Our parent-led academies will only employ fully qualified teachers and be launched in areas with a need for places

The NHS is Labour’s crowning achievement. The coalition have axed A&E services at Central Middlesex and Hammersmith and plan to close maternity at Ealing (the borough with the third highest birth-rate of London’s 33 boroughs) after the election. We saved the NHS in 1997 and will do so again with 8000 more doctors, 20000 more nurses and a whole person system integrating the care and health services.

We will protect private renters by banning rip off agent fees for tenants, capping rent increases and offering security with up to three year tenancies. We will build 200,000 new homes yearly with a proportion reserved for first time buyers to get people on the ladder.

Unlike other parties all our commitments are fully costed requiring no extra borrowing.

The last Labour government has a proud record of eg launching the sure start programme, a joined up initiative linking the education and health sectors, introducing free fruit into classrooms and Bookstart to get kids reading. These are all programmes that the coalition of Tories and their Lib Dems have cut back on or scrapped.

We have a Labour council that has had £153 million cuts driven by central government and is trying to do more and more with less and less. By contrast in areas like David Cameron’s Oxfordshire or Gloucestershire where the Conservative MP lives have had funding increases. We need Ealing to be able to work with a Labour government and MP who is genuinely rooted in the community who can advocate that we get our fair share. That person is me, vote Labour on 7th May, vote Labour.

Dr Rupa Huq

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Over the past five years representing Ealing Central and Acton in Parliament, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of different people and groups, who contribute to make our area the wonderful, vibrant, welcoming place it is.  One thing that has struck me especially about the people of Ealing, is how enterprising people are, and the number of start-up businesses we have.  People seeing a problem and actually deciding to do something about it, or set up a group to work together with their neighbours.

This is certainly true of a group I have spent the past few years working with, Ealing Mums in Business.  Erin and Shelley who set it up, were both new mothers with new businesses, who clubbed together to help each other out, and now run a network supporting hundreds of other like-minded parents.  I have done my bit, by arranging for them to meet the people who can help them further, like Treasury Minister Andrea Leadsom, who gave them some advice on small business lending, but really those success stories are made when people have a vision and go ahead and realise it.  I think Government’s role is to help where possible, and to remove barriers that might prevent people from getting on with supporting their families and communities.

That was why I was so pleased with the news from the Conservative manifesto launch this week.  Already this Government has legislated to introduce 15 hours a week of free childcare for all three and four-year olds and the most deprived two year-olds which we extended to include parents who are self-employed. But because working families with children under school age face particularly high childcare costs, in the next Parliament we will give families where all parents are working an entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for their three and four year-olds.

For me, being a Conservative is about choice, and freedom.  Ensuring people have the help they need, but otherwise giving them the freedom to make the choices that are right for them.  That is why our introduction of shared parental leave earlier this month was so important.  Families can choose what is right for them, Government giving them the freedom to make that choice. 

That is the approach I have taken to my time as the MP in Ealing and Acton.  Being approachable, meeting people, listening, feeding in people’s views, and helping to deal with problems that may arise.  I certainly hope I can continue my work for the next five years!

Angie Bray MP

 

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Over the past five years representing Ealing Central and Acton in Parliament, I have had the pleasure of working with a number of different people and groups, who contribute to make our area the wonderful, vibrant, welcoming place it is.  One thing that has struck me especially about the people of Ealing, is how enterprising people are, and the number of start-up businesses we have.  People seeing a problem and actually deciding to do something about it, or set up a group to work together with their neighbours.

This is certainly true of a group I have spent the past few years working with, Ealing Mums in Business.  Erin and Shelley who set it up, were both new mothers with new businesses, who clubbed together to help each other out, and now run a network supporting hundreds of other like-minded parents.  I have done my bit, by arranging for them to meet the people who can help them further, like Treasury Minister Andrea Leadsom, who gave them some advice on small business lending, but really those success stories are made when people have a vision and go ahead and realise it.  I think Government’s role is to help where possible, and to remove barriers that might prevent people from getting on with supporting their families and communities.

That was why I was so pleased with the news from the Conservative manifesto launch this week.  Already this Government has legislated to introduce 15 hours a week of free childcare for all three and four-year olds and the most deprived two year-olds which we extended to include parents who are self-employed. But because working families with children under school age face particularly high childcare costs, in the next Parliament we will give families where all parents are working an entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for their three and four year-olds.

For me, being a Conservative is about choice, and freedom.  Ensuring people have the help they need, but otherwise giving them the freedom to make the choices that are right for them.  That is why our introduction of shared parental leave earlier this month was so important.  Families can choose what is right for them, Government giving them the freedom to make that choice. 

That is the approach I have taken to my time as the MP in Ealing and Acton.  Being approachable, meeting people, listening, feeding in people’s views, and helping to deal with problems that may arise.  I certainly hope I can continue my work for the next five years!

Angie Bray MP

 

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