Matters concerning recycling, delays in providing a swimming pool in Gurnell and poor air quality in Southall came to a head at the latest full Ealing Council meeting last night (1 November 2022). Councillors debated their views on both how Ealing Labour is running the Council locally and how the Conservative party is running the country nationally.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, leader of the Opposition on Ealing Council asked a question to Councillor Peter Mason, leader of Ealing Council and Ealing Labour regarding Ealing Central and Acton MP, Dr Rupa Huq.
He asked: “Given the comments made by Rupa Huq, in a conference fringe event, where she called Kwasi Kwarteng MP ‘superficially’ black, does The Leader agree that these comments were totally wrong and do you both condemn the comments and, if found guilty after the investigation, do you believe that she should be asked to resign her position as a local MP?”
Councillor Mason replied: “That matter in question is subject to an internal Labour Party disciplinary process and therefore it is premature for me to offer a comment at this time”.
Councillor Malcolm asked a supplementary question: “I thank Cllr Mason for his comments but have you personally asked her to resign her seat?”
Councillor Mason responded that he wouldn’t add anything else: “the matter is subject to a disciplinary process of the Labour Party and I won’t be offering a comment at this time”.
During the Council meeting Councillor Mason called for a general election to be declared. In response from Conservatives to Councillor Mason and others who were calling for a general election, they said there was no need for this now and the constitution doesn’t call for one. They highlighted how under Labour when Tony Blair resigned and Gordon Brown became Prime Minster there was no election.
Ealing Labour councillors defended their positions from opposition parties Liberal Democrats and Conservative by saying the Government has reduced funding to the Council. Despite lack of Government help, the Council says it is delivering on homes, good jobs and providing help to residents.
Opposition parties also asked questions on what has Ealing Council done in 12 years. This included why has the Council not delivered on Gurnell, problems with residents not getting through to customer services and the council fighting against residents.
As well as Councillors debating each other, the Council meeting saw just one member of the public question. The question asked if Ealing Council had applied for funding to help people from Hong Kong who have arrived in Ealing.
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The following are the questions raised