General Election 2024 – Most of Chiswick becomes part of a new constituency

Three wards join the constituency of Hammersmith & Chiswick

Most of Chiswick’s residents will be voting in the new parliamentary constituency of Hammersmith and Chiswick on 4 July.

The three wards of Homefields, Riverside and Chiswick Gunnersbury, which have been in Ruth Cadbury’s Brentford & Isleworth constituency, will now be part of this new constituency.

Southfield ward remains in Ealing the constituency of Central and Acton, which Rupa Huq has represented since 2015.

Image: Boundary Commission map of the constituency of Hammersmith and Chiswick, comprising the following wards: 1.Addison, 2. Avonmore, 3. Brook Green, 4. Chiswick Gunnersbury, 5. Chiswick Homefields, 6. Chiswick Riverside, 7. Coningham, 8. Grove, 9. Hammersmith Broadway, 10. Ravenscourt, 11. Shepherd’s Bush Green, 12. Wendell Park, 13. White City

Core west London constituency area represented by Labour MP Andy Slaughter for nearly 20 years

The core area contained in the constituency boundary has been represented by Labour MP Andy Slaughter for nearly 2o years, though this is his second boundary change. He was first elected in 2005 to the constituency of Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush; then it became the constituency of Hammersmith in 2010; now it becomes Hammersmith and Chiswick.

At the last General Election in 2019 he was elected with a majority of 17,847. Before becoming an MP, he was the Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

He will be fighting Hammersmith & Chiswick for Labour, against Hammersmith & Fulham councillor Andrew Dinsmore for the Conservatives, Eraj Rostaqi for the Liberal Democrats and Naranee Ruthra-Rajan for the Green Party.

Images: Top L – Andy Slaughter; Top R – Andrew Dinsmore; Bottom L -Eraj Rostaqi; Bottom R – Naranee Ruthra-Rajan

Meet the candidates

The Chiswick Calendar has organised a hustings on Sunday 23 June where voters will have a chance to meet the candidates from the four main parties and hear what they stand for.

If you would like to come and see what they have to say for themselves, what they consider to be the most important issues in this election and why they think they deserve our vote, you can book tickets here: Hammersmith & Chiswick Constituency hustings

“The most important election of my political lifetime” – Andy Slaughter

We spoke to the four candidates to get a sense of what they considered the most important issues to be.

Andy Slaughter – Labour

“I think this is probably the most important election of my political lifetime” Andy Slaughter told us, “because of the fact that the country is in such a ruinous state.

“It’s a huge task for any new government to sort out. The combination of economic decline and the really unprecedented failure of public services is affecting millions around the country and thousands in Hammersmith & Chiswick; the cost of living crisis and unprecedented necessity of reliance on food banks; the cost of mortgages and rents through the roof. The state of the NHS.

“It’s not just the NHS. Obviously the NHS and education are the most in need of being revived, but the courts, the police and the prison service are also failing.

“They can’t lock criminals up because they haven’t got anywhere to put them. That’s a pretty clear indication of social failure and a chaotic state.”

What would be his priority if he is elected?

“Our priority is just getting the basic institutions running again.

“There has also been a moral crisis, the effects of which have been devastating. The idea of public service used to go across the parties, but there is disgust at the way some politicians have behaved – the PPE scandals, Partygate, the way individuals have behaved.

“There has been a moral decline and the Government haven’t been doing the day job because they’ve been too busy helping themselves.”

Andrew Dinsmore – Conservatives

Andres Dinsmore was elected to Hammersmith and Fulham Council for the Conservatives in 2022, his first experience of formal politics. He is a commercial barrister “with a wife, a baby and two dogs”.

When he was robbed in the street for his watch by a man who threatened him with a machete, he campaigned successfully to have machetes included as ‘dangerous weapons’ in the Government’s new crime bill, though it looks as if that is now one of the bills which may not pass before Parliament is dissolved on Thursday.

What are his greatest concerns?

“Crime, transport, LTNs, bus and cycle lanes. London has ground to a halt under Labour. And we need more housing. We need fundamental planning reform to make it easier to build more housing.”

What is the likelihood of his being elected?

“No doubt it will be a challenge, but the Labour Party haven’t said what their policies are yet, other than placing VAT on private schools, and I think the polls will narrow once it becomes apparent what their policies are.

“I am optimistic the Conservatives will far out-perform how we’re being portrayed at the moment.”

He considers himself a Conservative “in the Cameron / Sunak mould, rather than the hard right.”

Where did he stand on Brexit?

“Brexit was a phenomenally difficult decision. I was on the fence, but ultimately voted for Brexit.”

Eraj Rostaqi – Liberal Democrats

Eraj was born in Afghanistan and grew up in London. With a degree in Economics, he joined the financial industry and worked as an equity specialist and a portfolio manager. He is currently working on a Startup that will provide data management solutions to financial services firms.

“I have not been a councillor, but have been involved in local campaigns for the lib dems for a few years.”

He campaigned against Brexit. What is most important to him in this election?

“Getting rid of the Tory government and ensuring that we as Liberal Democrats can play a crucial role in the Parliament on behalf of the British people. I think we have a historic opportunity to offer an alternative to the two-party system for those who have lost faith in the two major parties.”

What does he think will be the key issues for most people?

“I think the key issues for most people around election time are often the same. The economy, NHS, immigration and cost of living (as exacerbated by high inflation in recent years) and the environment.

“Nationally – if polls are to be believed (in recent times, they have been a poor indicator of what people actually want) – the big three issues which will dominate the debate are the economy, immigration and the NHS. Internationally, the Middle East will be the leading issue for some.

“There are two important issues for me in this election, the NHS and the economy. Having three GPs in my family I am acutely aware of the challenges the NHS is currently facing and how these challenges could potentially bring about the end of the NHS as we know it (a back door privatisation which to some extent has already been happening in recent years).

“In regards to the economy it is not just a question of the health of the economy measured by the economic output but rather a more fundamental question of the economy not working for everyone because of the political decisions consecutive governments have taken.”

What made him get involved in politics and why the Lib Dems?

“I have always been interested in politics and Brexit was the trigger to get more actively involved. I find many consistencies between values I believe in what the Liberal Democrats stand for, including their stance on Brexit (at the time I joined) and Europe in general, their belief in a fair and just society as well as the longstanding tradition of advocating for individual liberties (something that has been under attack by the Tory government in recent years).

Naranee Ruthra-Rajan – Green Party

“For me the biggest thing is tackling inequality. Access to public services. There has not been proper investment in public services for some time. The NHS needs to be protected. So do local councils and the services they offer like waste collection.

“I used to be a school teacher and now I am a carer for my parents. I have seen the decline in what is available to them as the services have been stretched and I hear from friends who are teachers how hard it is in education.

“I work with FE colleges and universities and I see them becoming more and more stretched, and the level of use of food banks.

“I think public services should be publicly owned and run and there needs to be a wealth tax.”

She says she does not trust the Labour party to deliver on its promises.

“They aren’t really going to change anything. Tony Blair promised to introduce proportional representation, but he didn’t do it.

“It’s so important to have people like Caroline Lucas, Natalie Bennett and Jenny Jones in politics because there needs to be scrutiny from smaller parties.

“The two old parties have done a really good job of making people think there is no alternative, but there is. There really is.”

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