What's happening to housing?

12:38pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

What’s happening to housing in Ealing and Acton? Like the rest of the country, house prices have been falling, which is a mixed blessing, depending on whether you are trying to get in or out of the market. But given the credit squeeze and the fact that prices are only back to December 2006 levels, there is, in practice, little opportunity for those on low or average incomes to buy. Which makes the subsidised housing market more important in west London than almost anywhere else in the country. Yet the Mayor, council and some housing associations are doing little to help families or single people.

No time for a novice

12:37pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

Since I last wrote this column the financial crisis has certainly got worse, with HBOS taken over by LloydsTSB and Bradford & Bingley nationalised and large fluctuations on the world’s stock markets almost a daily occurrence.

The tonic of music

12:35pm Tuesday 11th November 2008

I thought that I’d reached that stage in life where absolutely nothing had the capacity to amaze me any more when I walked into a fairly typical Ealing home to find a 40-piece philharmonic orchestra, a former England football manager and an eager crowd awaiting the first note of what was billed as The Last Night of the Waldeck Proms.

Forums for tokenism

10:23am Thursday 18th September 2008

The new football season – even if it does include a well-deserved England call-up for a Fulham player – hasn’t eclipsed the memory of Team GB’s stellar performance at the Olympics.

Working for ordinary families

10:21am Thursday 18th September 2008

The current economic climate is challenging, to say the least, but it is certainly not as bad as the economic slumps under the Tories in the 1980s and 1990s.

New hope for new season

10:19am Thursday 18th September 2008

The international scene is so profoundly depressing at present that I hope the good readers of the Ealing Times will forgive me for concentrating on matters a little closer to home this week.

How to cut out knives

10:50am Thursday 14th August 2008

At a time when young people in London and their families are worrying about knife crime and gang culture, Mayor Boris Johnson seems to be spending his time plotting to remove the Police Commissioner.

Celebrating with the Sisters

10:48am Thursday 14th August 2008

Last month Southall Black Sisters (SBS) won a dramatic victory in the High Court when, after two days of proceedings, Ealing Council withdrew from the case.

A tax on their profits

10:47am Thursday 14th August 2008

If the utility providers were still public companies – like British Gas, the London Electricity Board and the Water Board were – then central government could control price rises with a stroke of a pen.

Town Hall must take the lead

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

3:34pm Friday 18th July 2008

All three town centres in my constituency have been causing controversy this month. The biggest fuss - appropriately - is over Shepherd's Bush where the giant Westfield shopping centre is due to open in November.

A way forward on knife crime

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

3:32pm Friday 18th July 2008

Knife crime, especially amongst young people, is at the top of the country's political agenda and, sadly, it has blighted our own local area. Only this week a 16-year-old was in court for possession of a knife in Greenford and during the past year there have been tragic deaths of two young men in West Ealing and Windmill Park. Suggestions as to how we tackle this problem are coming thick and fast and talk shows and the tabloids are in overdrive.

Happy birthday NHS

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

3:28pm Friday 18th July 2008

My parents' first son was born and died in 1946, their second in 1947 and I was born with the NHS in July 1948. Sometimes we take this amazing institution for granted but, to many people, the NHS was - and is - the difference between life and death.

Celebrating our common values

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

11:10am Thursday 5th June 2008

Last Sunday I spoke at the opening ceremony of the Acton Mosque. Anyone who has passed through Acton High Street in the past year will have seen the dome and minaret under construction.

Contrasting reactions to disaster

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

11:04am Thursday 5th June 2008

During the past month the world has witnessed two terrible natural disasters, the earthquake in Sichuan Province, China, and Cyclone Nargis in Burma. The response of the two affected countries' governments has been a marked contrast.

A break from the road

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

11:02am Thursday 5th June 2008

Whichever way you slice it you have to accept that driving in this city of ours will never be a pleasure again.

'Terrible news about Ken'

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

9:41am Friday 9th May 2008

Almost everyone who came to my surgery this week began the conversation by saying "terrible news about Ken" or some such similar lament for Mr Livingstone's demise.

Specialist service is needed

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

9:32am Friday 9th May 2008

Conservative Ealing Council is pressing ahead with a grants commissioning process that will halt council funding to Southall Black Sisters (SBS). This is a serious mistake by the council, as by its own admission, it will have an adverse impact on the services provided to black and minority ethnic women in the borough suffering from domestic violence. It could also lead to the closure of this internationally renowned organisation that has been at the forefront of helping some of the most marginalised women take control of their lives when they have been blighted by domestic violence.

Time to clamp down

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

9:26am Friday 9th May 2008

I've become obsessive about the legalised highway robbery that allows clamping companies to immobilise vehicles and cart them off to some farm deep in the countryside where they are held to ransom just for the crime of parking for a few moments on private land.

Disabled still fighting discrimination

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

10:37am Thursday 10th April 2008

Ealing Centre for Independent Living (ECIL) is a local charity with national ambitions. Under the dynamic leadership of Sian Vasey, it provides both a voice and a wide range of services for disabled people living in the borough.

Vote for city's future

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

10:32am Thursday 10th April 2008

Your vote for London on May 1 is important as these elections will affect every single one of us in Ealing Southall, which is part of the Ealing and Hillingdon London Assembly division.

Saying an occasional 'no'

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

10:29am Thursday 10th April 2008

I'm naturally inclined to support the police when they ask for a change in the law to enable them to do their job, but I have to admit to some pretty serious doubts about the proposal to increase the period in which a terrorist suspect can be held without charge from 28 days to 42.

Every closure a tragedy

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

10:19am Thursday 6th March 2008

MANY local communities in Ealing and Acton are in shock at the news that their local post office is to close.

Hard questions must be asked

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

10:18am Thursday 6th March 2008

THE Post Office's proposals to close eight branches in the borough and 169 across London has prompted fierce opposition from local people and elected representatives, including myself and other local MPs, the Mayor of London and local councillors.

How lucky we are

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

10:15am Thursday 6th March 2008

SOMETIMES we just don't know how lucky we are.

Horror must be remembered

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

10:19am Friday 8th February 2008

LAST Sunday was Holocaust Memorial Day. January 27 is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and was chosen as the most symbolic day to remember the worst crimes against humanity in our recent history.

Heathrow: time to speak up

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

10:16am Friday 8th February 2008

THE time for local people to make their views known to the Government about proposals to expand Heathrow Airport with a third runway and sixth terminal is running out. The consultation ends on February 27.

Working hard for respect

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

10:04am Friday 8th February 2008

RESPECT cannot be demanded, it has to be earned.

Taking action for Acton

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

2:13pm Thursday 10th January 2008

ACTON, I was once told, holds the record for the number of stations with the same place name - and once you begin to add them up it rings true: whether on the mainline, north London line, Piccadilly or Central, there are indeed many variations.

A year for health

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

2:11pm Thursday 10th January 2008

WISHING you a happy and healthy new year!

The tower is too much

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

2:08pm Thursday 10th January 2008

THERE'S scarcely a day that passes without my giving thanks to a merciful and benevolent God for arranging for the two most contentious issues in the past five years of Ealing's life to have been planned outside the constituency of Ealing North.

Unconvinced on airport expansion

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

2:41pm Thursday 6th December 2007

THE long-awaited consultation on the third runway and other plans for Heathrow expansion came out this week.

An education success story

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

2:39pm Thursday 6th December 2007

ONE of the more pleasant duties of being a Member of Parliament is to get away from Parliament into the real world and meet dedicated people tirelessly working to improve our local community.

Hark the Christmas muzak

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

2:35pm Thursday 6th December 2007

HAVE you noticed that this year there hasn't been the plague of Christmas music being played in shops from early November?

Bills to benefit many

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

6:14pm Monday 12th November 2007

Gordon Brown's first Queen's Speech as Prime Minister set out a substantial and in some cases controversial programme of 28 Bills and draft Bills for the next Parliamentary year. I am particularly pleased that there are measures on the improvement of public services and on social policy that will directly benefit many people in this borough.

Taking the plunge

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

6:12pm Monday 12th November 2007

WHEN Parliament returned after the summer recess in early October I decided to take the plunge and give my maiden speech on what was only my fifth day in the House of Commons. It was a nerve-racking experience but one that I did genuinely enjoy.

Paying the debt of honour

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

6:10pm Monday 12th November 2007

THIS year Remembrance Sunday was actually on November 11. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was marked, as usual, by a wreath laying and ceremony at the Greenford War Memorial and, if the past years are a guide, the parade organised by the Greenford Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) was even bigger and the best yet.

Poverty: the big picture

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

5:11pm Friday 5th October 2007

WITH election fever in the air, it is easy to dwell on domestic politics and forget what is happening in the world beyond.

Busy time by the sea

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

5:09pm Friday 5th October 2007

AFTER a busy week in Bournemouth at the Labour Party conference I thought it would be interesting to let you know how my first conference as an MP went and what I was able to do there on your behalf.

The price of gold

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

5:03pm Friday 5th October 2007

WHEN the children were young we went on family holidays to Cornwall but teenagers have different priorities so there was no enjoying the scenery from a static A30 this year.

Small steps save the planet

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

11:38am Friday 7th September 2007

LITTLE steps to having a smaller carbon footprint.

A milestone for independence

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

11:31am Friday 7th September 2007

CELEBRATIONS of India's independence this year are taking place throughout the year due to the fact that India has now reached the grand old age of 60 years.

The problem with outbuildings

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

11:28am Friday 7th September 2007

BREEZING back into the office after a week in southern Armenia I cheerfully greeted the South London girls who run the office and asked what issues had arisen during my days away.

Andrew Slaughter (Labour), Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter, MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush.

10:39am Monday 13th August 2007

THE past three weeks have brought me nothing but good news locally. I am beginning to believe what I read in the Daily Mail that Gordon Brown's elevation to PM really has ushered in a new golden age.

Virendra Sharma (Labour), Ealing Southall

Ealing Times: Mr Sharma: "Hopefully we will be able to put a stop to the sale."

10:38am Monday 13th August 2007

I WOULD like to say a very big thank you to everyone associated with the recent Parliamentary By-election in Ealing and Southall. To my fellow candidates, to the police and Town Hall election staff, to all those who made the effort to vote, especially those who voted for me as the Labour candidate and to everyone involved in my campaign. Thank you again.

Stephen Pound, (Labour), Ealing North

Ealing Times: Steve Pound,  MP for Ealing North.

10:29am Monday 13th August 2007

THAT great philosopher - and promotion-winning manager of Fulham - Mickey Adams was fond of saying that failing to prepare means preparing to fail and I've been using a little of the quieter time in Westminster this week to look at the work we'll have to be doing in the new session of Parliament in the autumn.

Tribute to an 'extraordinary' friend

Ealing Times: Andy Slaughter MP.

1:55pm Friday 6th July 2007

Andy Slaughter, Labour MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush, pays tribute to Piara Khabra, MP for Southall, who died in June.

A time of change

Ealing Times: Steve Pound MP

1:46pm Friday 6th July 2007

Steve Pound MP, Labour MP for Ealing North, contemplates the future under a new party leader.






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