follow us: @_EalingNews
call us: 07488 352 974
email us: news@ealing.news

Ealing North Liberal Democrat candidate Craig O’Donnell 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.

Craig O’Donnell standing for the Liberal Democrats 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?
Born into a working-class family in Central Middlesex Hospital, I have been an active community campaigner in Ealing borough for 13 years. My main achievements include spearheading the Liberal Democrat campaign on saving Ealing Hospital from being downgraded.
Being a son of a disabled parent, I understand how important carers and a good NHS is to us. My priority, therefore, is to restore and fix our precious NHS service. One of his commitments if elected, is to push for the Liberal Democrat policy of a legal guarantee to see your GP within a week.
As a result of his upbringing, I am deeply passionate that carers are being treated properly. This means he will also push for a higher wage for carers by introducing a “Carer’s Minimum Wage”.

What motivates you?
As a working-class person, I am aware that many people are struggling to make ends meet and are often only one wage cheque away from homelessness. Craig will focus his energy on fixing long-term homelessness within our generation.
Liberal Democrats will continue to fight to scrap the cruel “Vagrancy Act” and decriminalise homelessness. He will also advocate a collaborated and integrated approach by working with the NHS, charity groups, and police to stop homelessness.

What is your own personal connection to either Ealing North or any other part of the borough?
I was born locally and raised in Perivale and have family connections in Perivale for three generations. As a community campaigner, causes that are important to Ealing residents are close to his heart, such as fighting to stop Ealing Hospital downgrade and attempted to campaign to keep Carlton Road Day Centre open. I have also stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Ealing Common ward in 2018 local elections.

What do you consider to be your 5 top political or personal achievements and what impact have they had?
Saving Ealing Hospital from downgrading by spearheading and supporting our Liberal Democrat councillors in the campaign;
Campaigning to bring Ealing Cinema back in our borough after Ealing Labour’s decade of excuses and delays;
Participating in Ealing’s Ward Forums (before Ealing Labour’s cancellation) and gave inspiration to ideas that improved community cohesion locally;
Bringing the local community together in attempting to save Carlton Road Day Centre. Although that wasn’t successful, it taught me how important it is to involve and consult local residents before making a decision that impacts them; and
Working in politics and standing as a candidate to prove to myself and others that being from a working-class background does not stop people from participating in democracy.

What do you consider to be the top 5 challenges Ealing North faces and how will you as the MP address them?
Bringing back proper community policing and reverse Labour’s police station closures;
People are struggling to see an NHS dentist and GP when they need one. Liberal Democrats will provide incentives to recruit and retain GPs and dentists. Liberal Democrats will also make sure mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.
Stopping water companies from dumping raw sewage into Grand Union Canal and River Brent. Last year alone, Thames Water has dumped over 10,000 hours of sewage into London’s rivers and waterways. As your MP, I will make sure Thames Water is punished for their deplorable actions.
Pushing to make Perivale and Northolt tube stations in the Ealing North constituency have step-free access.
Listening to residents and working with the Liberal Democrat Official Opposition in Ealing Council to make sure the “Local Plan” is implemented. The Metropolitan Open Land status must continue to be protected so no tall towers can be built on them. Liberal Democrats are also committed to 50% genuinely affordable housing and more council house stock instead of excessively tall towers that only profiteer developers.

What do you love about the borough of Ealing?
I love our local community, our vast of parks and open spaces and it is a great place to raise a family. Like any community, Ealing has many challenges, but I believe that the community can and will come together to make our borough an even better place to live.

How accessible will you be to Ealing North 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?
If I am elected, I promise I will be a committed local MP without getting a second job. I will also open my constituency office with an ‘open-door’ policy to make sure digitally excluded residents can still reach me when they need my help.

In the meantime, if you have questions about my campaign, please email me craiglibdems@hotmail.co.uk

Click here for all Ealing North candidates standing.

Are you an Ealing resident with a story to share? Or spotted something we should know about?
Get in touch with us by emailing: news@ealing.news or contact us on X @_EalingNews

SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TO THE EALING.NEWS NEWSLETTER

GET OUR GREAT NEWS, FEATURES, REVIEWS AND MORE DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX

SUPPORT JOURNALISM IN EALING

LATEST EALING.NEWS UPDATES

MORE FROM EALING.NEWS