NHS cuts and housing will be the key issues deciding tonight's council election in Ealing, said Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton.

The Labour party saw an electoral success in 2014, when it consolidated 53 of the 69 Ealing wards, with a 41.2% turnout. The conservatives won 12 and the Liberal Democrats 4.

Over the years, Labour have been climbing Ealing’s electoral ladder with just under 30 seats in 2006, to 40 in the 2010 election. Tonight will determine whether they are able to consolidate their stronghold over Ealing council.

She said: "The local council is doing all it can and has been vocal in closures of A&E services.

"It refused to sign up to government plans for further downgrades at Ealing and Charing Cross and has built new council houses. 

"However, it’s severely been hampered by 64% budget cuts forced upon it by Tory central government so trying to do more and more with less and less.

"We will have to persuade people in next few hours that local government is worth voting for."