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Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma “I will not be standing at the next election”

After 17 years, Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma has announced he will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming 4 July 2024 General Election. 

Mr Sharma, a former Ealing Councillor. has represented Ealing Southall since 2007 following a by-election triggered by the death of MP Piara Khabra. He said early Monday (27 May 2024) evening: “Over nearly 50 years I have served the party in one form or another. Now I believe the time has come for another chapter to begin. I want to let you know that I will not be standing at the next election.”.

At the last election in 2019, Mr Sharma had a majority of 16,084 over the Conservatives.

In his letter to Ealing Southall Labour Party members, Mr Sharma said:

“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as the Member of Parliament for Ealing Southall. Across five elections I have been honoured to be re-elected each time, and to have had the support of the Labour Party to stand again now. It has been a pleasure to work for and with the many people of Ealing Southall, in Greenford, West Ealing, Hanwell, Northfields and Southall. I am proud of what we have achieved, the vibrancy of our community and its unity.

“It is clear to me that the country is crying out for change, and that Keir, Angela and the whole Labour Party represent the change this country needs. I was proud to nominate Keir for leader in 2020, and the promises he made then to rebuild this party have put us on the path to power and made me proud to serve as a Labour MP. We swept antisemitism from the Labour Party and we have gone from our worst result in a century, to the edge of Government.

“As a British-Indian and as a Hindu, as a Labour Member, Councillor and MP I have never struggled to reconcile those different, but complimentary, identities. Over nearly 50 years I have served the party in one form or another. Now I believe the time has come for another chapter to begin.

“I want to let you know that I will not be standing at the next election. From surgeries, community forums, charity fairs and street stalls, I am proud of the work we have done standing up to the Tories and for the people of Ealing Southall. I am sure my successor will do the same and wish whoever they are the best of luck in the most amazing job they will ever have.

“This does not dim my desire for Labour to win, and win I am sure we will. I will continue to support Labour, and I hope to continue to be part of the Labour project, but not from inside the House of Commons. The help and backing of so many friends and family over the last fifty years made this possible, but especially the constant unstinting support of Nirmala my wife.

“I want to wish you the best of luck for the election campaign, I will still be there pounding the streets, and look forward to celebrating Labour’s entry into Downing Street with all of you.”

Ealing Southall Labour have not announced details of who will be its candidate for the election.


Virendra Sharma’s letter announcing he is standing down


As candidates from all parties and independents are announced, EALING.NEWS will provide comprehensive coverage and updates of who is standing in each of Ealing’s three constituencies.

Candidates who have been formerly announced and are standing in the 4 July 2024 General Election for Ealing Southall are:

Steve Chilcott (Reform UK)
Tariq Mahmood (Liberal Democrats)
Neil Reynolds (Green Party)

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