At the campaign launch Rupa outlined her pledges. Here she explains how 40+ years in the borough and the people she's met on the doorstep inspired them.
I WILL CAMPAIGN FOR THE LONDON LIVING WAGE AND TO CUT EXPLOITATIVE ZERO-HOURS CONTRACTS
“I believe workers deserve better than exploitative zero-hours contracts, where hours are not guaranteed, and minimal if any, security is offered. As your MP I will work to get extra legal rights, including the ability to demand a contract for regular hours for the people of Ealing Central and Acton and to make this a place where inequality and injustice are challenged head on.”
I WILL URGE EMPLOYERS AND EDUCATORS TO INCREASE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR EALING'S SCHOOL LEAVERS AND GRADUATES
"Young people in Ealing are currently facing £44k of debt at university and the impact of declining numbers of apprenticeships. Yet small businesses are the economic lifeblood of our town centre and high-streets here in Ealing Central and Acton. So I believe we can bring local business together with Ealing’s school leavers and graduates and work to benefit both parties.”
I WILL STAND WITH CAMPAIGNERS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOR HUMAN RIGHTS , EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
“I have campaigned against fracking, the Iraq War, bombing Syria and the closure of our local A&Es and maternity unit. As your MP I will fight for hard working families and individuals over oligarchs and the elite. I stand for justice and equality for all and will take on the concerns of the community of which I feel intrinsically a part, case by case.”
I WILL PROMOTE THE BUILDING OF GENUINELY AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND NEW HOMES FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS
“Here in Ealing Central and Acton, rent inflation is astronomical, affordable homes are non-existent and first time buyers must commonly work for over twice the national average to save for their first homes. Now more than ever we need action to give renters longer, more secure tenancies and put a cap on soaring rents. I will also work with the Labour Party to see that we address this housing crisis, by building more genuinely affordable homes.”
I WILL FIGHT TO KEEP OPEN OUR HOSPITALS, INCLUDING THEIR A&Es
“I’ve lived here for over 40 years now and I can’t remember a time when so many people talked to me about their fears for our health service and social care in later life. The coalition have closed 2 of our A&Es and want to shut a further 2, despite the waiting times crisis. As your MP I pledge to save them, and Ealing's maternity unit.”
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