Can­di­dates as­sem­bling to get

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VOT­ERS go to the polls on Thurs­day May 5, to choose the next Lon­don Assem­bly Mem­ber for Hilling­don and Eal­ing, as well as all other mem­bers of the Lon­don Assem­bly and the Lon­don Mayor.

To vote in these elec­tions, you must be reg­is­tered by April 19.

Dr Onkar Sa­hota (pic­tured) has been the mem­ber of the Lon­don Assem­bly for Eal­ing and Hilling­don since 2012, be­com­ing the first Labour party can­di­date to be elected in the su­per­con­stituency.

He took the po­si­tion with a 3,110 vote ma­jor­ity, rep­re­sent­ing a 9.2% swing, de­feat­ing in­cum­bent Con­ser­va­tive Party mem­ber Richard Barnes, who was the deputy mayor of Lon­don and for­mer Hilling­don coun­cil­lor.

In their words, here’s why you should vote for them. Labour’s Onkar Sa­hota and UKIP’s Alex Nieora will fea­ture next week

I was born in Eal­ing, grew up in Southall, and have lived in Hilling­don for the past 20 years.

For the past 25 years, I have worked as a milk­man, which means get­ting at 4am daily and see­ing what Lon­don’s weather has to throw at me!

I was first elected to Hilling­don Coun­cil in 2010 and am the coun­cil’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Heathrow Air­port Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee, along with be­ing chair­man of Hilling­don’s li­cens­ing com­mit­tee.

When I’m not out cam­paign­ing I love to spend Satur­day morn­ings watch­ing my two daugh­ters play football for a lo­cal team.

As a mem­ber of a very suc­cess­ful ad­min­is­tra­tion, I prom­ise that I will take the good ex­am­ples of sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment, which has made Hilling­don Coun­cil one of the most ef­fi­cient in the coun­try, to City Hall.

I am proud of my record of de­liv­er­ing for our lo­cal res­i­dents and want the peo­ple of Eal­ing and Hilling­don to be rep­re­sented at GLA by some­one who will be on their side and not some­one be­holden to their so­cial­ist trade union back­ers.

The im­por­tance of stop­ping the third run­way and con­tin­u­ing to fight against HS2 can not be ig­nored, while the need for good hous­ing, such as the de­vel­op­ments in Hayes at the Old Vinyl Fac­tory and the Southall Gas works, are a pri­or­ity.

For far too long, scare sto­ries and half truths have been ped­dled about the lo­cal NHS ser­vices.

It was in fact a group of lo­cal doc­tors who voted to close Eal­ing’s A&E and it is im­por­tant that res­i­dents are aware it was ac­tu­ally the Sec­re­tary of State for Health that saved it – un­like the fail­ing so­cial­ists in Eal­ing, who are forc­ing res­i­dents to have fort­nightly refuse col­lec­tions and charge ex­tra to re­move gar­den waste, and un­like Eal­ing Labour that wanted to close six li­braries and now wants to shut com­mu­nity cen­tres.

Sup­port and help res­i­dents to stop the third run­way, work­ing with City Hall and the Mayor of Lon­don to make this hap­pen.

Iden­tify good lo­cal brown­field sites, NOT

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