It's time for a change

The new Tory talks about how things would be different if he were Ealing Southall's MP

I've worked in Ealing and Southall for years. I care deeply about the area, and I know the problems people face - crime, drugs, congestion and litter on the streets. As a businessman and as a volunteer for Southall Regeneration Partnership, I have a track record of taking action and delivering improvements. Now I want to use that experience to deliver as the local MP.

However, there's a small obstacle to overcome. Labour have held this constituency since 1945; it has the largest number of Labour Party members of any constituency in the country; and until last year, Ealing council had been run by Labour for past 12 years.

But the truth is, Labour have taken Ealing and Southall for granted. They've delivered little, if anything, for people here. This area desperately needs an energetic MP who will stand up for them in Parliament, represent their views and work with the Conservative Council to deliver better public services, cut crime and ease congestion. I want to be that local MP.

I have made these election pledges. As Ealing Southall's MP, I will: oppose Labour's tram and campaign for Crossrail to cut congestion; work with the Council to clear up fly-tipping and rubbish to make our streets cleaner; and crack down on drug dealers, help addicts off drugs into work, and fight for more police on our streets.

Last year, a Conservative Council was elected in Ealing. Already, it has delivered massive improvements, in spite of Labour and Lib Dem opposition - 50 more Community Police Officers, cleaner streets and the lowest council tax rise for 13 years. But, with a Conservative MP, we could achieve even more.

As a dad, I know that nothing is more important to our children's future than their health and education. So I will campaign for a return of the seven local doctors cut last year, and the return of £25 million taken from Ealing health services by the Labour Government. We should invest that money in local services.

Every child should be able to read, write and add up when they leave primary school. So I will campaign for more classroom time on these essential skills.

It's time for a change. Labour have taken local people for granted for too long. I believe I have the energy, dynamism and local experience to stand up for people in Ealing and Southall, to make a difference for all our communities.

Tony Lit is a local businessman who has worked in the Ealing-Southall community for 10 years running a radio station. He is married with three children, one year old twins Cameron and Selina, and three-year old Sophia.
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It's Gary Lineker 1, the Sun 0

The football hero has found himself at the heart of a Twitter storm over the refugee children debate.

The Mole wonders what sort of topsy-turvy universe we now live in where Gary Lineker is suddenly being called a “political activist” by a Conservative MP? Our favourite big-eared football pundit has found himself in a war of words with the Sun newspaper after wading into the controversy over the age of the refugee children granted entry into Britain from Calais.

Pictures published earlier this week in the right-wing press prompted speculation over the migrants' “true age”, and a Tory MP even went as far as suggesting that these children should have their age verified by dental X-rays. All of which leaves your poor Mole with a deeply furrowed brow. But luckily the British Dental Association was on hand to condemn the idea as unethical, inaccurate and inappropriate. Phew. Thank God for dentists.

Back to old Big Ears, sorry, Saint Gary, who on Wednesday tweeted his outrage over the Murdoch-owned newspaper’s scaremongering coverage of the story. He smacked down the ex-English Defence League leader, Tommy Robinson, in a single tweet, calling him a “racist idiot”, and went on to defend his right to express his opinions freely on his feed.

The Sun hit back in traditional form, calling for Lineker to be ousted from his job as host of the BBC’s Match of the Day. The headline they chose? “Out on his ears”, of course, referring to the sporting hero’s most notable assets. In the article, the tabloid lays into Lineker, branding him a “leftie luvvie” and “jug-eared”. The article attacked him for describing those querying the age of the young migrants as “hideously racist” and suggested he had breached BBC guidelines on impartiality.

All of which has prompted calls for a boycott of the Sun and an outpouring of support for Lineker on Twitter. His fellow football hero Stan Collymore waded in, tweeting that he was on “Team Lineker”. Leading the charge against the Murdoch-owned title was the close ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and former Channel 4 News economics editor, Paul Mason, who tweeted:

Lineker, who is not accustomed to finding himself at the centre of such highly politicised arguments on social media, responded with typical good humour, saying he had received a bit of a “spanking”.

All of which leaves the Mole with renewed respect for Lineker and an uncharacteristic desire to watch this weekend’s Match of the Day to see if any trace of his new activist persona might surface.


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