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Aug 01 2014

Harrow Labour: None of us interested in fast-lane to Westminster

labour_roseOn 10 July, Dave wrote an article for Progress Online about Labour’s victory in Harrow, entitled “Putting politics back where it belongs”. In it, he wrote the following:

Councillors should be rooted in the area that they serve; none of us are interested in being political careerists who see a brief stint at their local authority as the fast lane to Westminster. We are here to serve the community.

Strong words, indeed.

Just 20 days later, on 30 July, @HarrowLabour congratulated Cllr Michael Borio, newly elected in May’s elections as one of Labour’s Queensbury ward councillors, on being selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate to run in Ruislip, Northwood & Pinner against Nick Hurd MP.

After less than 70 days as a councillor, it seems Cllr Borio is already looking for a new political job.  Why might that be?

But Cllr Borio is not the only Labour councillor who seems to regard being a councillor as a “fast lane toWestminster.”

Another newly-elected Queensbury councillor, Cllr Kiran Ramchandani (@Kiran_R), also seems to have ambitions to become an MP.  Last November, Cllr Ramchandani narrowly missed out on being selected as Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harrow East in 2015.

So, we’ve got one local councillor, Cllr Borio,  already looking for a way out; we’ve got another, Cllr Ramchandani, who’d already failed at becoming a Parliamentary candidate. So, where does that leave Dave’s comments that “none of us are interested in being political careerists who see a brief stint at their local authority as the fast lane to Westminster”?

The General Election may be just 278 days away, but is Dave going to put his foot down and demand that Cllr Borio, Cllr Ramchandani and all the other newly-elected Labour councillors shelve their ambitions to become MPs and actually do the job of being local councillors that they were elected to do, and paid for, by Harrow’s residents?

Thanks to anon for the heads up on this one.

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