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Ealing Southall Reform UK candidate Steve Chilcott 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. 

Steve Chilcott standing for Reform UK 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 have lived in London for 24 years and in Southall for the last 13 years. Previously I lived on the South coast, in Portsmouth and grew up near Southampton. I studied Biology at the University of Bath and then a post graduate diploma in Human Resources at the University of Portsmouth. HR has been my career for the last 30 years and I’ve worked in HR across multiple sectors, starting in the NHS, in social housing, engineering, retail, and the charity sector.

I’m divorced with one teenage son who goes to school in Ealing and is currently taking his GCSEs.

I see how the area of Ealing Southall has changed for the worse over recent years. It has become run down, dirty, with increasing levels of crime. Our current Labour MP has unfortunately been both invisible and silent. His friends in the Labour Party who run Ealing Council do little to help the stagnation in the area. The area is crying out for someone who speaks for and represents everyone across the constituency, and is proactively working hard for the benefit of everyone. We need to put Southall back on the map, a place all its residents are proud of and which attracts people to visit as a go to place.

I will hold the Labour run Ealing Council to account, work proactively with the police to address the increasing levels of crime, campaign to ensure the council keeps its promises to keep Warren Farm as a beautiful nature reserve, seek to resolve the ongoing problem of pollution in certain areas of the constituency, ensure levels of residential development are matched with infrastructure development and work hard for the huge range of small and large businesses across the constituency.

A vote for any of the current established parties – Conservative, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens – is a vote for the old politics and more of the same failures. A vote for me and Reform UK is a vote for change, for a new sensible future.

What motivates you?
I’ve never been directly involved in politics prior to 2024. I’ve always had a keen interest in both local and national politics. And the reason I have now got involved in politics is that as many people do, I feel all three of the main parties have let us down. Our current first past the post system of democracy has resulted in the Labour and Conservative parties gaining a combined 80% plus of all votes in our elections for many years. The two are now indistinguishable, neither now represent their historic voter base but represent a narrow middle class political elite.

The Labour party no longer represents the working people who they once stood for and have become an ideologically driven party from Islington who have lost their way, flip flop from issue to issue and mean nothing to most people. The Conservatives have similarly lost their conservatism. We currently have the highest levels of national debt, the highest levels of taxation since the Second World War, untold bureaucracy and red tape, and crime levels are spiralling. And on the Lib Dems, following their position on things like Brexit, they are neither liberal nor democratic.

I class myself as a classical liberal and believe the old lens of Right versus Left is often now irrelevant.

I and Reform UK will make all of the UK a better, safer and fairer place for us all. A vote for any of the current established parties – Conservative, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens – is a vote for the old politics and more of the same failures. A vote for Reform UK is a vote for change, for a new sensible future.

What is your own personal connection to either Ealing Southall or any other part of the borough?
I have lived in Ealing Southall for the last 13 years. I live in the very centre of the constituency. My son goes to school in the Borough of Ealing.

What do you consider to be your 5 top political or personal achievements and what impact have they had?
During my 30-year career, I’ve had the pleasure of working across many different organisations that have been in the private, public and charity sectors. These have included the NHS, a housing association and the Civil Service. I have first hand experience of how organisations run and have witnessed the challenges of both running organisations and providing key frontline services to the public.

I have received very positive feedback during my career for providing excellent support, advice and counsel, in a professional, compassionate, discrete and supportive manner.

I have successfully slashed spend in my areas of responsibility, through effective budget management, efficiency drives and supplier management. This has enabled funds to be re-focussed on frontline services.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been to spot potential talent and develop people through actively supporting, advising and sponsoring their training. I have had the pleasure of seeing junior members of my teams flourish as I have helped them gain the confidence to progress.
I must of course include raising my son as a personal achievement, including through the process of a difficult separation and divorce.

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

  • Affordable housing Ensuring the significant volumes of local development include housing that local people can realistically afford.
  • Infrastructure Ensuring the significant volume of current development is matched by development of infrastructure, including GP surgeries, schools and parking facilities so neighbouring roads don’t become swamped.
  • Community safety and policing Focusing on the increase in local crime, antisocial behaviour and crime hotspots, actively working with the local police, promoting neighbourhood watch and community policing.
  • Stop the War on Motorists Working to stop LTNs, unnecessary 20mph zones, needless road restrictions, pinch points and floating bus stops.
  • The Environment Focusing on local pollution including clean air issues around brown field developments and water pollution in our local waterways. Ensuring Ealing Council keeps its promise to protect Warren Farm as a place of nature, beauty and enjoyment for the full community.

What do you love about the borough of Ealing?
The Borough of Ealing is a wonderfully diverse area and community. It has some fantastic open spaces and parks, and a huge diversity of business, retail and industry. Southall has an amazing history over the last 60 years, which its residents should be rightly proud of, including how it stood up against racism in the 1970s. Southall has so much potential for the future. Putting Southall back on the map really must be a priority, restoring Southall as a place that all of its residents are proud of and which attracts people to visit as a ‘go to’ destination, the ‘Brick Lane of West London’.

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 commit to being highly accessible to Ealing Southall residents. I live in the centre of the constituency and if elected commit to holding very regular surgeries and being a very visible face around all of the constituency, which now spreads from the Walpole Park ward in the east to the western edges of Southall. Being an MP is not just about turning up for photo opportunities but proactively being there for and supporting your constituents. It is really important that the entire constituency is represented.

I can be contacted now via email at: ealingsouthall@reformuk.com and on X (Twitter): @OfSouthall

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