Image above: Private Eye 1 – 14 April magazine
Hounslow Council makes an appearance in Private Eye this week in the ‘Rotten boroughs’ column. The Eye reports the Council has come under fire for the lack of diversity among its candidates for the May elections.
‘One Labour member told local news website Brentford Today [&TV #Debate Not Hate#]
“Labour councillors like to celebrate the borough’s rich diversity. Fine. So why don’t they celebrate it when they choose candidates to stand in the local elections?”
‘In the party’s recent selections, not one person of Afro-Caribbean origin was given a safe seat.’
The article goes on to say Muslims make up 14% population of Hounslow but are likely to provide around 40% of Labour’s councillors.
‘The Feltham & Heston Labour constituency party, which supplies around half Hounslow’s Labour councillors, remains under special measures imposed by Labour HQ for “widespread membership abuse”. The allegation is that members are signed up for the sole purpose of voting for particular candidates.’
As The Chiswick Calendar has also reported, many of the Labour Party’s Muslim members in Hounslow attend the same mosque, giving the mosque a disproportionate influence in the party.
Private Eye‘s Rotten Boroughs columnist continues:
‘Thirteen Labour candidates are associated with one mosque, the Hounslow Jamia Masjid and Islamic Centre, which is well regarded for its charitable and community work.
‘But whatever the merits of individual candidates, there are concerns that socially conservative Islamic councillors may have a disproportionate influence on certain matters such as LGBT rights. Brentford Today points out that if these candidates “vote as a block [sic], they’ll be close to choosing the next council leader in May.”
‘The likely winners are Cllrs Shantanu Rajawat and Samia Chaudhary, chair and deputy respectively of the Feltham & Heston constituency party.’
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