Hounslow Labour Party launch local election campaign

Image above: Hanif Khan campaigning in Chiswick Gunnersbury on Sunday (10 April)

Hounslow’s Labour Party have launched their election campaign in the run up to the local elections in May.

Launching their 62 candidates for election across Hounslow, the party said their policies will make for “a greener, cleaner, safer and thriving borough.”

Labour have fielded Hounslow’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Councillor Hanif Khan in Chiswick Gunnersbury. Hanif is joined by Uday Nagaraju and Emma Yates. They say the three candidates will mount a strong campaign that will make the Conservatives’ Chiswick heartlands competitive for Labour.

Former Deputy Mayor, community activist and leading Labour voice, Mukesh Malhotra, is leading the Labour charge in Chiswick Homefields, joined by solicitor Olivia Uwechue and Saroosh Khan.

Councillor Mel Collins, one of Hounslow’s longest-serving councillors, will be looking to make history as the first Labour representative in Chiswick Riverside this century. He will be supported in this by his fellow candidates Gurbachan Atwal and long-term Hounslow Resident Amy Croft.

Labour’s candidates offer ‘decades of experience’ 

Labour’s candidates, who, they say, ‘together bring decades of experience leading Hounslow Council’ will be standing on the following six key pledges:

  • A Greener Hounslow
    Hounslow Labour say they will plant 20,000 more trees, reduce carbon emissions by 50% and invest £5m to ensure our parks and open spaces remain among the best in London.
  • A Healthier Hounslow
    They have committed to improving the borough’s air quality by providing safe walking and cycling routes, developing their 15 minute neighbourhoods and rolling out more than 2,000 additional electrical vehicle charging points.
  • A Cleaner Hounslow
    They say they will reduce rates of fly tipping by at least 25% by introducing the Special Waste Service across the borough and investing £2m in pavement improvements.
  • A Thriving Hounslow
    Labour say they will introduce the ‘Hounslow Young Person Guarantee’ – a guarantee of support, education, training or employment for all the borough’s young people up to age 25.
  • A Safer Hounslow
    They have committed to creating safer neighbourhoods by investing over £15m in tackling anti-social behaviour on Hounslow’s streets and implementing an early intervention approach to reduce serious crime among young people.
  • A Liveable Hounslow
    They say they will build 1,000 council homes and buy 1,000 more social rent homes for the borough’s residents and invest £300m in improving the quality of the borough’s council estates.

Hounslow residents are “horrified by Boris Johnson’s incompetent and out of touch government”

All Labour candidates “stand on a proud record”, argue Hounslow Labour, citing the building of around 1,300 new council homes and 3,200 more affordable homes by May 2022 and investment of over £2m to fix potholes. They  have the best roads of any London borough according to the LOTAG State of the City survey 2020.

The candidates also point to their record on improved waste and recycling, with recycling rates increased from around 29% to over 35%.

On jobs, they have helped create 4,000 new apprenticeships and training opportunities; and “protected residents from Conservative austerity with no cuts to key services,”

They also say they have improved parks, leisure centres and libraries.

Cllr Salman Shaheen, candidate for Isleworth and Chair of Brentford & Isleworth Constituency Labour Party, said:

“The Labour Party is standing a full slate of candidates across Hounslow, giving every voter in the borough the chance to vote for a party that is working day in day out to build communities we can all be proud of, making our streets cleaner and safer, tackling the climate emergency head on, supporting jobs and local businesses, improving education, protecting vulnerable residents, and building thousands of council homes.

“Across the borough, we are hearing from residents who tell us they support our work locally and are horrified by Boris Johnson’s incompetent and out of touch government. On May 5, Hounslow’s people get the chance to show Johnson what they think.”

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