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Ealing, Southall

Ealing, Southall is located in Greater London. The seat was created in 1983 and has been held by Labour ever since.

The current member of parliament is the Labour Party’s Virendra Sharma who has served since the by-election in 2007.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Ealing Southall

For more information, click here to visit the Wikipedia article.

Candidates

John Poynton

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
Draw as many as possible to my website and blog (http://ukip-ealing-southall.org/ and http://jepoynton.com/) – the address features strongly in my campaign literature. Also I hope to build up a database of constituent contacts so that I can email them on a regular basis.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
Should be obvious from the website – experience, professional ability, good listener, political passion.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Nothing that I can find. He seems to be a complete airhead.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Partially. Help to Buy may have saved Osborne’s skin, but austerity has undermined our public services. UKIP can eliminate the deficit without either decimating those services, like the Conservatives, or sticking taxes up through the roof, like Labour, just by leaving the European Union. For more details see my website and blog (new article entitled “Is it possible to end boom and bust” coming up shortly).
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Immigration, legal or otherwise, is not necessary for the UK. People often forget that anyone living here is consuming as much as they are producing, so their effect is neutral. You have to be a higher-rate taxpayer or net saver to be a net contributor, and on benefits, increasing credit or sending money abroad to be a net consumer. Any increase in population, whether from immigration or the birth rate, will put pressure on our limited resources and space.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
The cost of living crisis is caused by wage compression, not inflation, though the green deal policy does not help. Wage compression is caused by immigration.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
I already have a blog article on funding the NHS, and one on managing our public services will follow shortly.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
A big increase in the benefit earnings disregards would really ‘make work pay’. Contrary to the Coalition’s claims, there is nothing in the design of Universal Credits to do this. Universal Credits will be a useful improvement in administrative efficiency for both claimants and taxpayer, but that’s all. Also a new taxcut-based regional policy (again see blog). Also see my discussion on the output gap in the boom and bust article.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
No, I don’t think so. The whole point of representative government is so that people of ability can find solutions that the ordinary person is incapable of conceiving. Today the House of Commons is stuffed full of over-promoted parish councillors and career politicians straight out of nappies who are hopelessly out of their depth in Westminster, and whose inability and inexperience only adds to the general disillusion with politics. The passion for devolution and localism is a case in point, as is the idea that each minority group should have an exactly proportionate representation. What is important is that if an MP does not represent his constituents adequately they can boot him out. Democracy has always worked this way (look at Soviet Russia for example – their leaders were always elected – you just couldn’t get rid of them again!). UKIP intends to make it easier to replace MPs as well as promote the use of local referenda.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
UKIP’s position is clear on this point!!!

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