Last night (20 September 2022), Ealing councillors came together when an Extraordinary Council Meeting took place at Ealing Town Hall which had a special motion – the death of Her Majesty The Queen and affirmation to King Charles III.
In the motion proposed by Ealing Council leader and Ealing Labour leader, Councillor Peter Mason, seconded by Councillor Gary Malcolm, Liberal Democrat leader of the Opposition and supported by Councillor Julian Gallant, Conservative group leader, the assembled councillors of all parties heard the motion.
“This council shares in the grief of the nation at the death of Her Majesty, The Queen, Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
These, the Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Ealing assembled, affirm our faithfulness and true allegiance to his Majesty, King Charles III, his heirs and successors, according to law.”
Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Malcolm, leader of the Opposition told EALING.NEWS: “Many residents have told me of their great upset at the passing of the Queen and so it is important to record our thoughts about her 70 years reign. Ealing considers Queen Elizabeth II to have had a strong work ethic and she was someone who had strong leadership, was courageous and compassionate as well. I believe that the late Queen Elizabeth will be missed greatly.”
Councillor Gallant said of the motion and told EALING.NEWS: “Tonight’s Special Full Council, chaired by Mayor Midha, was an important event for Ealing. Almost like the last gift of the late monarch, The Mayor, Deputy Lieutenant, Faith Leaders from across the Borough and Councillors of all political persuasions were united in their respect and love for Queen Elizabeth II. All unanimously offered their support for the new King Charles III.”
Councillor Gallant added: “Everybody’s take on this is a little bit different. Some like Cllr Tariq Mahmoud had the fortune to have spent some considerable time conversing with the late Queen. Others like Cllr Gregory Stafford highlighted her intense Christian faith yet unbridled interest in the lives of all people. Cllr Varlene Alexander praised the Queen from a Commonwealth perspective. Cllr Steed offered an accurate historical perspective of the Queen’s achievements. For me her greatest achievement was how she crafted constitutional monarchy for the modern age, in which monarch and public are equal participants.”
View the full meeting here