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Reform UK candidate Anthony Goodwin on why he wants to be Ealing and Hillingdon London Assembly Member

London gets to vote for the Mayor and London Assembly Members on the Greater London Authority on 2 May 2024. EALING.NEWS has asked all London Assembly Member candidates for Ealing and Hillingdon 7 questions about who they are, what they hope to deliver and why they want residents in Ealing to vote for them.

Anthony Goodwin standing for Reform UK answers the 7 questions:

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to be the next London Assembly member for Ealing and Hillingdon?
My name is Anthony Goodwin, I was born in Stoke-on-Trent but moved to Kent as a baby. I grew up on a council estate and went to the local secondary modern school in Sevenoaks. I would consider myself working class. One of 5 children I was the only one fortunate enough to go to university at Middl. Upon graduation I moved to Kew, then Fulham, West London where I have lived all my adult life. I have had business in Uxbridge since 2011.

2. What is your own personal connection to either Ealing or Hillingdon or both?
My connection to the Ealing and Hillingdon constituency is through my business in Uxbridge for the last 13 years and my close proximity to where I have lived for the last 35 years.

3. What do you consider to be your three top political achievements and what impact have they had?
I am an entrepreneur from the real world, not a career politician. Whilst I do respect those that devote their lives to public service.

My achievements are more connected to the business world and my entrepreneurial endeavours throughout Europe, Central/Southern Asia, Middle East and Asia. I believe that these real life skills will be vital in my serving my local community, especially in light of budgetary constraints being imposed by central government and the financial problems councils are facing throughout the country.

4. What do you consider to be the top 5 challenges Ealing faces and how will you as the London Assembly member address them?
The challenges facing Ealing, Hillingdon, Uxbridge and the whole constituency are similar to the rest of London; Crime, Housing shortages, ULEZ, and pressures of uncontrolled mass immigration into the country and London in particular. The major parties are too divided within themselves to provide the united front on these matters that ReformUK are able to. We are a young, dynamic, innovative and progressive Party and political movement that can elicit real change.

We will triple the number of police on the beat, reducing their time spent on admin and ‘non-crime’ social media nonsense that has engulfed the SNP. We will increase the availability of social housing by ensuring companies release the brown-field sites for development that they are sitting on. Simultaneously we will take all measures with our power to control immigration into London (within our remit). ULEZ will be abolished, we feel this is nothing but a money grabbing, secondary tax that cannot be justified.

5. What do you love about the borough of Ealing?
What I love about Ealing, Hillingdon, Uxbridge, Ruislip and the whole constituency is the London vibe but with the local community feel to it, you get the best of both worlds. That said, we can always do more from a community assistance point of view. This means encouraging all the activities that bring a community together, sports, interest groups, special needs activities and facilities. I would cultivate those community leaders that initiate, participate and bring constituents together across all cultural, ethnic and religious arenas. My motto is ‘together we are better’ that’s why we live in such a vibrant city.

6. How accessible will you be to Ealing 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 intend on making myself completely accessible to all residents and constituents both now and when I am elected. For me the whole point of being an elected persona is that you represent your voters which you can only do by listening to them on a daily and weekly basis. I’ll hold regular meetings and attend interest group events, festivals, important calendar events and local community activities. There is no point in being a voice for people if you are not listening to what they say. Social media is OK to a point, but nothing is better than actually meeting with and talking to people.

7. If elected, will this be your full time job or will you maintain any other paid for jobs or public offices?
If elected I intend to devote the majority of my working week to the affairs of Ealing & Hillingdon constituents. After 31 years my business has a capable management team running it with whom I would only need to be in contact on an irregular basis. To that ends I expect to be very active within the community both physically and on the phone.

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