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Ealing North Green Party candidate Natalia Kubica on why she 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. 

Natalia Kubica standing for the Green Party in Ealing North 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 North.
Growing up in Ealing, I have seen first-hand the struggles our community faces – from lack of affordable housing to green spaces being under threat of development. My priorities for Ealing North would be to protect our irreplaceable environment and represent the needs of our residents – from greater access to healthcare to more support for carers to tackling the cost-of-living crisis.

What motivates you?
Over the years, I have seen the destruction that the Conservative government has wreaked in our country. I’ve watched them disregard the environment, decimate workers’ rights, and plunge us into a cost-of-living crisis. Sadly, the Labour Party is simply not offering the scale of change and ambition that’s needed and that so many people are calling out for. I want to see real hope, real change, and a better future for us all. That is why I got into politics.

What is your own personal connection to either Ealing North or any other part of the borough?
I have lived in Ealing North my whole life and grown up here. I am very fond of this part of London and its people, which includes many of my friends and family.

What do you consider to be your top 5 political or personal achievements and what impact have they had?
• My first direct involvement in politics was in 2019 when I was involved in organising some of the student climate strikes, which brought the climate crisis to the forefront of the political agenda and resulted in the Government declaring a climate emergency.
• During the covid-19 lockdowns, I started and coordinated a mutual aid group in my local area, where we matched people in need of support with volunteers willing and able to help. The group grew to over 300 members and made a real difference to lots of vulnerable residents.
• One thing I’m very proud of is my continuous support for trade unions. I’ve stood on picket lines with many unions including nurses, transport workers, and lecturers. I coordinated a student movement in support of the University and College Union strikes at my university, and I spoke at several of their London demonstrations.
• I was one of the founders of Feminist Greens – a group within the Green Party advocating for women’s rights – and now sit on its first committee. Since its launch two years ago, Feminist Greens has gained hundreds of members and run some incredibly successful events.
• In 2022, I was selected to take part in the 30 Under 30 programme run by the Young Greens – the youth and student wing of the Green Party. The weekend consisted of training in campaign techniques, community organising, and policy, as well as spending an afternoon speaking to local residents in Bristol.

What do you consider to be the top 5 challenges Ealing North faces and how will you as the MP address them?
• Across Ealing, people are choosing between heating and eating. Our reliance on fossil fuels continues to drive up energy prices and cause devastating extreme weather events. If elected, I will fight for proper investment in cheap and reliable renewable energy as well as home insulation to bring bills down.
• Many people in Ealing are suffering due to the cost-of-living crisis. I would prioritise ensuring that all of Ealing’s residents can put food on the table, starting by pushing to increase Universal Credit and lift the two child benefit cap.
• Our NHS is at breaking point – waiting lists are through the roof, healthcare staff are overworked and underpaid, and much-needed funding has been cut. Many people across Ealing are suffering from lack of adequate healthcare, and one of my priorities will be to fight for more investment into the NHS. We need an NHS run for people, not profit.
• Education has been systematically underfunded by our Conservative government. As an MP, I would fight for proper investment in our schools’ infrastructure, better provision for SEND pupils, and better working conditions in order to recruit and retain teachers and reduce class sizes.
• As a candidate for the Green Party, it goes without saying that one of my biggest priorities will be tackling the climate crisis. The Government declared a climate emergency in 2019 in response to the protests and grassroots campaigns calling for it, but since then, have abandoned any commitment that comes with that. As an MP, I would fight to get the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, proposed by the Green Party’s own Caroline Lucas, through Parliament.

What do you love about the borough of Ealing?
Ealing is one of the greenest boroughs in London – I love the wide variety of open green spaces we have here despite being in the capital city. Additionally, it’s full of lovely people from many different backgrounds. The rich and diverse culture in Ealing is quite beautiful, and the community spirit here is unlike any other.

How accessible will you be to Ealing North residents and how can they get in touch with you now and, if elected, how will you ensure you are accessible to them in the future?
Residents can get in touch with me by email at natalia.kubica@votegreen.uk If elected, I will hold regular open meetings for residents to voice their concerns in person, as well as having contact details available for those who can’t make it or would rather contact me in writing – there is no better way to represent people than by actually speaking and listening to them!

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