On Friday I received formal confirmation that inpatient services would be ended for children at Ealing Hospital within a year. I had asked the Secretary of State for Health what plans his department had for the local Children’s unit, and received the answer that current services would end on the 30th June 2016.
“Over the seven years I have been the MP here I have countless times helped raise money to improve the local children’s ward. Within the last few years the local community have raised money for a special play area on the roof of the hospital, and I am now appalled to discover that this time and energy has been wasted. This heartless Tory government are closing a popular local service, and moving the care of our community’s children further from their homes. I am outraged that this has been done with so little local consultation, and against the wishes of residents.”
I have started a petition on the new government website, which I hope all Ealing residents will sign, to make clear local opposition to the reduction in services. I asked good friend of mine, and the woman who should be the next mayor of London, Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, to be one of the first to sign the petition.
On Friday I received formal confirmation that inpatient services would be ended for children at Ealing Hospital within a year. I had asked the Secretary of State for Health what...
Today is a very sad day. We have seen the passing of one of the founders of Indian greatness. Shri Abdul Kalam served the Indian nation and people for his entire life, for over eighty years he was a public servant of the highest regard. From working as a scientist, a founding member of India’s nuclear project he became the holder of the highest office in the land, serving as President and as a great leader of India. He was never too grand and after his term was done he passed on his many years’ experience and knowledge to millions as both a teacher and as an inspiration. Few can match the public service and great role model of Shri Abdul Kalam and with his passing we have lost one of India’s greatest sons.
Today is a very sad day. We have seen the passing of one of the founders of Indian greatness. Shri Abdul Kalam served the Indian nation and people for his...
Yvette, Tom and Tessa are Labour's winning team
Labour in Ealing know how to win elections but nationally we need to rediscover that winning habit. In the current Labour Leadership elections and the London Mayoral candidate selection we need to choose a winning team.
I firmly believe the next Labour leader should be Yvette Cooper. Yvette has the requisite blend of experience and freshness and the ability to reach out to Tory and LibDem voters whose support we need to win again. She has ministerial experience at the highest level and is an intelligent, knowledgeable and sophisticated politician with a common touch. In the Leadership hustings she has shown all these qualities along with a down to earthiness and humour that shows she is the one to beat.
I also think it is time we had woman leader of the Labour Party and a woman as Labour Prime Minister. As a working mum with three children she connects well with all voters but especially with women and as she astutely observed - "David Cameron has a blind spot when it comes to women." Cameron will not find it easy dealing with her quick wits in Prime Minister's questions.
I will be backing Tom Watson as Deputy Leader knowing his deep roots in the Labour Party and his impressive campaigning both against the likes of Rupert Murdoch and also through social media. I've known Tom since he was the Party's Youth and Student officer when we both worked together at Walworth Rd under Neil Kinnock and he is a man who delivers.
Finally I'm supporting Tessa Jowell as Labour's candidate for London Mayor. She has rightly identified that if Labour wants to win in 2020 then we have to win the London Mayorality next year. Tessa has that winning mentality and along with Yvette and Tom will make a great Labour winning team. If you want to join me in voting for Yvette, Tom and Tessa you can sign up to be a registered Labour supporter for just £3 at www.supporters.labour.org.uk or become a full member at www.labour.org.uk