About

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Ealing has always been my home, and my family’s home. I was born at Queen Charlotte’s in Hammersmith in 1972, and grew up on Lynwood Road, not far from Western Avenue. Both my parents came here from Bangladesh in the 1960s: my mum worked for BT on the Uxbridge Road, and my dad for the Prudential in Holborn.

I went to Montpelier Primary School near our home, and was then lucky enough to go to Notting Hill and Ealing High School, where my sisters Nutun and Konnie also went. I had a Saturday job at W.H. Smith’s in Ealing Broadway, and later worked part time at Ealing Public Library.

In 1991 I began my studies into Social and Political Sciences and Law at Cambridge University. I joined the Labour Party and cut my teeth as a college co-ordinator, working on a successful campaign to win Cambridge for Labour in 1992. That’s where my passion for people and politics grew.

Rupa speaking on BBC News 24

After Cambridge I earned my doctorate at the University of East London. I researched youth culture, and how young people use pop music to express themselves, especially those living in the suburbs (I also had fun expressing myself as a DJ).

I have published three books in this field as well as writing articles for the Guardian. I did some of my research in northern France, and kept in touch with politics by working at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

In 1998 I started teaching at Manchester University, and in 2004 became a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at Kingston University, commuting from Ealing on the 65 bus. I threw myself into politics and in 2010 was honoured to be asked to serve as Deputy Mayor, then in November 2013 I was selected as Labour Party candidate for Ealing Central and Acton.

My family and I still live in Ealing. Together we care for my elderly mother, with support from local NHS and social care services - sadly my father died last year - and I have a young son who goes to school locally.

The National Health Service has looked after all three generations of us, a good education has given me independence, and Ealing’s lively community has helped to make me who I am. That’s why I want to serve Ealing and Acton as your M.P.

 

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commented 2015-04-23 11:43:45 +0100
The website navigation isn’t great but you can see Rupa’s pledges on what she intends to do here: http://www.rupahuq.co.uk/rupa_s_pledges
and of course the Labour Manifesto contains the actual policies that will be pursued in parliament.
Rupa doesn’t have a voting record as she is not the current MP. Angie Bray is the incumbent so you can see her voting record (and all other MP’s) on this site:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24952/angie_bray/ealing_central_and_acton
commented 2015-04-10 17:21:27 +0100
Hi Rupa. I am a resident of Acton and I’d like to know what you can do to stop skyscrapers invading our residential areas, particularly at the moment the Friary Park redevelopment with a proposal for 20, 14, 10 & 8 storey towers overlooking semis and terraced housing? I recognise there are larger issues for the country, but what about local issues – how can you help us? This skyscraper phenomenon is occurring across London like the plague. I realise it’s Boris who’s implemented the London Plan, but what can you do to help us? Thank you.
commented 2015-03-27 16:56:31 +0000
Rupa,

What are your policy ideas for the UK and Ealing? There is no information at all on this web page and so I have no idea what you are fighting for. Where can I get more information about your policies?

Thanks,

David

Dr Rupa Huq MP, Ealing Central and Acton

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