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Ealing Central and Acton Liberal Democrat candidate Alastair Mitton on why he wants to become MP

On 4 July 2024, the UK electorate goes to the polls to vote for who they want as their Member of Parliament. 

EALING.NEWS has asked all candidates standing in the three Ealing constituencies of Ealing Central and Acton, Ealing North and Ealing Southall 7 questions about who they are, what they hope to deliver and why they want residents to vote for them. 

Alastair Mitton standing for the Liberal Democrats in Ealing Central and Acton answers the 7 questions:

Tell us a bit about yourself, your priorities for the constituency and why you want to be the next member of Parliament for Ealing Central and Acton?
The constituency is incredibly diverse with areas of great wealth and great deprivation. Both the Conservative government and the Labour council have allowed the gap between the two to widen, something I want to try to do my best to correct. I shall be fighting for the NHS locally as Ealing Hospital saved my life eight years ago for which I will be eternally grateful. Liberal Democrats were successful in the campaign a few years ago to help save Charing Cross and Ealing hospitals Accident and Emergency wards from being closed by the government. I will be fighting for the right of every resident to see their GP within 7 days or 24 hours if urgent so hopefully we prevent much of the need to attend hospital in the first place. Liberal Democrats want to see mental health on the same footing as physical health, having lost my sister to bi-polar disorder over 10 years ago this is very close and personal. I am also appalled by the level of homelessness which is unacceptable in the 5th largest economy on the planet. The pressure placed on the police and local services costs us all. I will be campaigning to eliminate homelessness and give everyone the safety and dignity of a home.

What motivates you?
I have always felt it is important to try to leave this world in a better place that it was left to me. My mother taught me that it wasn’t enough to leave change to someone else to do something but to step up and make the change yourself. Mahatma Gandhi was one of my great hero’s and I try to follow his maxim of “Be the change you want to see in the world”. I love this country and true love is seeing the problems and wanting to solve them in much the same way that only a true friend will tell you the hard truths you need to hear.

What is your own personal connection to either Ealing Central and Acton or any other part of the borough?
I have lived in the borough for over 40 years. I have had retail businesses in Hanwell and The Ealing Broadway Centre. I was chairman of Hanwell Carnival, the oldest community run carnival in the country for five years which during my period attracted up to 35,000 people.

What do you consider to be your 5 top political or personal achievements and what impact have they had?
Hanwell Carnival would have to be towards the top of the list. It was an incredible privilege to lead a team of incredible volunteers and then see 35,000 happy faces on the day gave me immense pleasure.

The campaign to establish Warren Farm as a Local Nature Reserve also counts as a real high point. I brought it to the attention of the Ealing Liberal Democrats and persuaded them to back the campaign (to be fair they didn’t need much persuading). Not only have we preserved a site that is extremely important for biodiversity and this country ranks in the bottom 10% globally but we have preserved an area for locals to connect with nature. The Liberal Democrats working with Warren Farm campaigners managed more recently to stop the Labour-run Ealing Council from harming over 20 endangered species such as the Skylark when they abandoned their plans to site sports grounds where many important species lived.

A small thing that I still take great pleasure in is the water fountain at Hanwell Clocktower. When I heard that Thames Water was proposing to fund water fountains throughout London, I approached them, and it was one of the first in the borough to be installed. Every morning when I am passing, I see local school children filling up their water bottles and I know that is a bit less sugary drink they won’t be having.

I was able to help a local mum get rehoused, she was having real problems with addicts injecting on the stairs leading up to her flat and then threatening her when she complained. Helping her and her daughter get a new flat was very pleasing.

Finally, I got a small group of 7 regulars in my local pub together when it was threatened with development. We clubbed together and took out a large advert in the Evening Standard appealing for someone to buy it. Someone did step forward and the developer pulled out. We became known as The Magnificent Seven. The pub really was, and still is, the heart of the community and it would have been tragic had we lost it.

What do you consider to be the top 5 challenges Ealing Central and Acton faces and how will you as the MP address them?
As I have said before the disparity in wealth is something that needs urgently addressing together with homelessness and the state of our NHS. I am particularly worried about the fact that when I did a recent Liberal Democrats survey of dentists in the constituency only 11% were accepting new patients. The state of our Health Service makes it a number of issues all rolled into one. 1. Primary Care. 2. Dental Care. 3 Mental Health. 4. Hospital Care. Liberal Democrats have campaigning for better provision in all those areas. It’s a sad truth that MP’s main way of addressing these issues is to make a though nuisance of themselves to ministers until something is done. I shall be that nuisance.

What do you love about the borough of Ealing?
The main thing that binds the people of Ealing together is an incredible sense of community. Wherever I go in the borough I come across people helping each other in faith groups, community groups, self-help groups, wherever you turn there is a warmth and community spirit which is truly amazing.

How accessible will you be to Ealing Central and Acton residents and how can they get in contact with you now and if elected how will you ensure you are accessible to them in the future?
I will continue to live in Ealing and will hold very regular surgeries in various parts of the constituency ensuring that residents have easy access to me and my team. Anyone is very welcome to email me at alastair@libdemalastair.com

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