Parliamentary Candidates on Local Issues
We asked Independent, UKIP, Green Party and Christian Party candidates for their views on local issues
Have you decided yet who you will vote for on May 6th? To help you make up your mind, we asked Sam Akaki (Independent), Julie Carter (UKIP), Sarah Edwards (Green Party) and Suzanne Fernandes (Christian Party) for their views on local issues.
If elected, I would table a Private Member's Bill to make Acton Town Centre and South Acton Estate safe and secure places to live and do business in: demolishing old tower blocks; putting boarded-up properties to good use; providing better health and safety facilities; and funding targeted employment training programmes.
Sam Akaki: Independent: I know the need for a good NHS better than most candidates in Ealing Central and Acton. My eldest son was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was five, and has had 10 brain operations since. Yet, according to a report released last week, Royal College of Nursing believes “major cuts in NHS staffing levels which could have disastrous consequences are likely after the election." Ealing hospital is likely to be affected.
Party politicians are notorious for becoming spontaneously concerned about any issue and telling the voters what they want to hear about public services during elections.
My campaign for better public services started in January 2000 when I became the Parliamentary Officer for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), a post which I resigned last month to contest this election. For ten years, I consistently lobbied ministers and MPs to abolish the British Trident nuclear weapons system, and invest its £20 billion price tag on public services.
If elected I will do work to prevent the possible closure of the Ealing Accident and Emergency; Maternity and Children’s services departments. The replacement of Trident nuclear weapons system at an initial cost of £20 billion should be either scrapped or postponed for the duration of the economic crisis. That money should instead be used to fund the NHS and other vital services
Sam Akaki: Independent : Many black and Asian youths have told me that they are frequently stopped and searched by the police under Anti-Terrorism laws. They are not the only victims. Journalists and too are being prevented from talking picture in public places. Even Ealing Council is reportedly to be using anti-terror laws to search rubbish bins!
If elected I would work to amend the Anti-terrorism laws with a view to improving policing in Acton a way that ensures our security while maintaining good community relations at the same time.