Ealing Green Party has selected its proposed candidates for the General Election scheduled for 8 June 2017 as follows:
Ealing North: Meena Hans
Ealing Southall: Peter Ward
Meena Hans is an adult education tutor and proud grandmother, and has lived in Ealing since the age of 3. She has lived in various parts of the borough including Southall, Norwood Green, Northolt, Perivale and Greenford, so is familiar with the areas and can speak about local issues from personal experience. Meena has been active with Ealing Green Party since 2009 and cares passionately about leaving a decent planet for future generations. She stood as parliamentary candidate in the last general election, the London Assembly election and the last two local elections for the wards of Norwood Green and Ealing Broadway.
Peter Ward is a barrister specialising in anti-discrimination law, and a property developer. As a barrister, Peter has been active in human rights cases, developing English law relating to sexual and pregnancy-related harassment. In his spare time he runs marathons, enjoys gardening (and has a competitive streak therein) and has a diploma in psychology. Peter moved to Ealing in 1986 and studied at the University of West London. He the current Chair of Ealing Green Party and experienced in local politics.
As previously announced, Ealing Green Party will not stand a candidate in Ealing Central and Acton.
This decision was taken by a vote of local party members present at a meeting on 20 April on the basis that the incumbent Labour MP, Rupa Huq (Lab) has made three key public commitments:
1) To actively campaign for voting reform to improve democracy in the UK;
2) To resist a "hard Brexit" in the interests of protecting the natural environment, and to defend an open society and the rights of European nationals living in the UK; and
3) To oppose a third runway at Heathrow Airport, and airport expansion in general.
Dr Huq's majority in 2015 was 274; Green votes in the constituency 1,841.
The Green Party has a distinctive voice and is a far more modern party than Labour. However, we feel that the threat of a hard Brexiteer Conservative, who would join Theresa May's war on the environment and the open society that Greens stand for, is against the wishes of the residents of Ealing Central and Acton.
By contrast, Virendra Sharma, Ealing Southall, has publicly stated his bewildering support for Heathrow expansion. People on the doorstep are telling us they are extremely dissatisfied with him as a local MP, and we will challenge him head on.
Please join us in our campaign and help us turn the tide on the damaging direction Theresa May is trying to take the country. Whatever your skills, we need volunteers to help deliver leaflets, manage social media, attend events, canvass and staff phone banks. There is plenty to do and we'd love to meet you!