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