Interview with Julie Carter independent candidate for Ealing Central & Acton

Julie Carter, independent and proud contrarian candidate for Central Ealing and Acton

By Edie Oborne

There are eight candidates standing for election in the Ealing Central and Acton constituency. I talked to independent candidate Julie Carter.

Before meeting Julie Carter, I knew little of what to expect. She has no manifesto, no ties to any party apart from her previous attempts to stand for UKIP, not even a leaflet. And after an hour of conversation, I was certainly left very intrigued.

She said her main policies were reopening the local dump, improving education, increasing wages and sorting out traffic.

“My main one would be the health and hygiene opening up local dumps. That’s a basic thing in life. Most people throw away things. They’ve got old mattresses, they’ve got Amazon boxes with stuff. They have nowhere to put them. There’s so much dumping on the streets. And we have nowhere to take them. So that that is a priority.

“Locally, number two is improving traffic flow. And as much as I love biking, and I think bike lanes are great when they’re built within the system originally, like they are in Amsterdam, they’re great, but I find the biking paths in our area, interfere with parking, with traffic, with bus routes, emissions and also businesses. Well, you can’t get to them.

“And there has to be something done with traffic flow bike lanes. It has to be, I don’t know, fine-tuned somehow.

“And the third one is to protect the elderly and vulnerable from the new type of scamming that’s going on, which is widespread. That’s on a sort of local council level.’

As she had previously run for the notoriously anti-immigration party UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) and given the strong multi-cultural community in Central Ealing and Acton, I asked her for her views on immigration.

‘The best countries are built on immigration. Having immigration, it does bring in fresh blood, and people that want to strive and succeed and better themselves and the Somali community in Acton is amazing.

“Immigration is great. The problem isn’t immigration. The problem is that we, meaning the government, hasn’t increased bums on seats for medical students in the past 50 years. They haven’t built any more housing, So, that’s the problem. Not immigration.”

Julie told me of her respect and admiration for Nigel Farage, so I asked why she had not run for Reform instead.

“I have to tell you, I do love Nigel Farage. We all love him. We think he’s great. He has a great personality.

“But as I said before, I like the fact that I don’t have a manifesto. That it keeps me fluid. It means that I’m always thinking about a situation, rather than having a document that tells me how I should think and what I want to support.”

This varied stance continued as she mentioned how the Monday evening hustings had centered on Gaza and her outsider opinion against the ‘two state solution.’

I was the only one, that voiced a dissent of the two-state solution which didn’t go down very well. As I said, I’m not there to be popular.”

She also went on to say that she would not join the growing condemnation of Israel but would advocate for an end to arms sales as she is a member of the CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament).

So, you wouldn’t support the growing condemnation of Israel’s behaviour?’ I asked.

“No.”

But when questioned on arms sales she responded:

‘I’m pretty much CND, I have been since, since I was a child, as is my family, anti-arms completely. No women, mothers, people with any kind of heart want arms being shipped or parts being shipped anywhere.

“I’m a bit of a contradiction. But I think that helps because. I’m always thinking. I’m always weighing things up. Things are always shifting and changing. And when you stay open minded and look at things a certain way.”

When asking about her memorable campaigning moments I was quite shocked to learn she refused to do any physical campaigning.

‘I don’t believe in it. I’m not a Jehovah’s Witness. I don’t believe anybody wants to have anyone go to their door in a suit with a leaflet. I have been fortunate to have a couple of articles in the Chiswick Herald. And a few other things.

“I don’t expect this to be my last rodeo, and I think now that I’m unfettered from the party, I’m going to keep running as counselors and, for the next election and then the next election. I don’t even have a leaflet.’

It is difficult to work out how people will know what they are voting for if they chose Julie Carter. Perhaps, it is her personal ties to Ealing Central and Acton which she aims will give people the trust to place her as representative.

“I was a governor and trustee of Chiswick School for many years during its most difficult times. And also, I’m the governor trustee of Chelsea Westminster Hospital which has a branch in Ealing.

“I went to school in Southfield, I went to, Ealing Girls. I studied in Ealing and TVU (now University of West London). I’ve always lived in the same area.”

The freedom she achieves from not being affiliated to any party is, perhaps, her unique selling point, as she revels in her ability to be free from the party line.

“I found that even if you have a manifesto, you might like some things but not believe in the others. And then you’re stuck. So, you have to force yourself to believe in all of this. And I am completely free.

“I’m British, I’m British first, and I’m going to put the lives and the well-being of my people first.

“I’m asking people to take a risk, and in the mode of the day, I’m asking people to take a gamble on me. I’d like the voters to have a flutter and have a gamble on me. And I don’t think they have anything to lose.”

All candidates were approached for interview but we did not get a response from Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrats, Workers Party of Britain or Reform.

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