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Ealing Southall Green Party candidate Neil Reynolds 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. 

Neil Reynolds standing for the Green Party in Ealing Southall 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 Southall?
I first moved to the Ealing in 1998 having left university, and then moved into the Ealing Southall constituency in 2011. I want to be the next MP for Southall to offer the people the possibility of real hope and real change.

This country has suffered badly under both Conservative and Labour governments in the past two decades. I am standing because I believe the Green Party will take meaningful action on the climate crisis, reversing the damaging effects of Brexit, and protect public services like the NHS from decline and back-door privatisation.

What motivates you?
Despite all the cynicism about it, I still really believe that democracy and politics can be a force for good. We have many of the solutions to make real progress on the climate crisis, it takes leadership and political courage to do it. Sadly in Ealing the declaration of a climate emergency in 2019 has led to very little action by the Labour council and progress towards the 2030 target of net zero isn’t even properly measured. I also truly believe that Britain’s future is in the heart of Europe, and I think the UK should at least seek membership of the single market if not full membership of the EU. The more Green MPs in parliament, the louder the voice for real hope and real change will be

What is your own personal connection to either Ealing Southall or any other part of the borough?
I’ve lived in the borough of Ealing almost all my adult life. I have lived in Hanwell or Northfields (which are both in the constituency) since I married in 2011. Southall, Hanwell, West Ealing and Northfields are great places; vibrant and diverse I couldn’t imagine wanting to live anywhere else.

What do you consider to be your 5 top political or personal achievements and what impact have they had?
Politically, I was delighted to support the save Warren Farm Campaign. The group of volunteers that worked on that campaign are some of the most capable and inspiring people I have met in Ealing politics. When the Labour council reversed their plans to build on the site it felt like a victory for local people and nature.

Personally, I have always worked in comprehensive state schools in North West London (for 22 years now!). It is a job that I find hugely rewarding, and there have been a number of highlights. I have been a deputy headteacher of an outstanding school, seeing students leave each year to start their adult life at university or employment is very satisfying.

What do you consider to be the top 5 challenges Ealing Southall faces and how will you as the MP address them?
• 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.

• 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.

What do you love about the borough of Ealing?
The green open spaces; Warren Farm, and all the parks in the area. The borough also h has tremendous diversity to it, both in terms of its population but also it’s seven towns. It makes an exciting place to live, I first moved here 26 years ago and I learn something new about the area each week. I am very happy here.

How accessible will you be to Ealing Southall 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 hold routine surgery’s and public meetings. I will engage with community groups and schools. I can be contacted at ealing.southall@votegreen.uk

Click here for all Ealing Southall candidates standing.

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