Ealing North Open Primary Already A Hit With Residents

Huge response from locals to candidate announcement

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The Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th May at Greenford Assembly Hall, Ruislip Road, Greenford, UB6 9QN. Doors open at 6:45pm, and the meeting will start promptly at 7.30pm.

Anyone wishing to attend must register. To do so, residents should write to Ealing North Conservative Association, Courthope Road, Greenford, Middx, UB6 8PZ, call 020 8578, 5912 or email their name, address and telephone number to ealingnorth@bluesky.org.

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They promised people power and those people are exercising it. A posting on Ealing Today's forum announcing the candidates for the Open Primary has generated a fantastic response, making for a lively evening on May 9.

For the first time ever, local residents in the key marginal seat of Ealing North will select the Conservative candidate to take on Stephan Pound at a public meeting open to all voters, not just Conservatives.

“This is an exciting opportunity for people from across the constituency to help us choose a candidate who will represent the residents of Ealing North after the next general election,” said Councillor John Popham (Con, Cleveland), chairman of Ealing North Conservative Association. "This is people power at its very best."

Applicants will be given a grilling by Stephan Shakespeare, co-founder of YouGov and Director of Public Opinion Research on why they should win the right to be selected. Residents will also get a chance to question all the candidates before voting for their favourite.

The four candidates chosen to go forward to the Open Primary


Aidan Burley has lived in West London for the past five years, and is an elected Councillor in nearby Hammersmith and Fulham. His family is from Birmingham, and his parents both own small businesses. Aidan’s sister is a journalist who reads the news on Radio 1.

Aidan currently works for Nick Herbert MP, Shadow Minister for Police Reform, as part of David Cameron’s Police Reform Taskforce. This will set the Conservative’s vision for the Police Service and form a key part of our manifesto for the next General Election.

He is an experienced, committed and successful campaigner. He battled with Angie Bray against the West London Tram and led the team who organised the biggest ever demonstration against the westward extension of the Congestion Charge. The combination of his local credentials and proven political experience would be a powerful electoral force in Ealing North.

Ian Gibb has lived in Ealing for over 20 years and has served as an Ealing North councillor since 1992. As Deputy Leader of Ealing’s new Conservative administration with responsibility for Children’s Services, Ian is proud to have delivered the funding for the rebuilding of Perivale and St John Fisher schools. He is also committed to opening a new High School in Ealing North. Ian has been involved in the campaigns to axe the Northolt bus lanes, oppose the West London Tram and deliver Ealing’s lowest council tax increase for 12 years.

Married with two young children in Ealing schools, Ian is a civil engineer with a successful career in the construction industry. As a local resident, he understands the issues that concern local people, and will campaign for improved public services, especially health and education, lower taxes, family friendly policies and police on the beat not filling in forms.

Mimi Harker is a wife and mother, who understands the issues that matter to constituents: crime, good schooling, NHS, and taxation.
A former advertising executive, Mimi is a businesswoman. She’s been a councillor for 8 years, and is responsible for the Community Portfolio, covering: leisure, young people, charity and voluntary sector.
Mimi fights for those issues which are important to people, whether it’s the right education for children with special needs or a zebra crossing – if it matters to you, Mimi will fight for it!
As a campaigner, she is best known for her post office campaign, which started 4 years ago with the closure of her village post office as the catalyst for what is now a major nationwide campaign.
Mimi brings a wealth of experience to Ealing North, having fought Betty Boothroyds parliamentary seat at the last General Election, West Bromwich West, gaining a 2.3% swing to the Conservatives in a Labour heartland seat.

Sheela Mackintosh is a barrister, solicitor and mother of two girls. She runs her unique business informing people about their rights in family law. She previously worked in the City of London and self-started a Litigation practice, building it into a successful business.
Sheela was raised and educated in the Far East and arrived in the UK 24 years. She is proud to be British.
Sheela inherited her conservative values of hard work, determination to succeed and strong family values. Sheela is an active campaigner in local elections and an active fund-raiser for various national charities and local social action projects.
Sheela’s priorities for Ealing North include supporting Ealing Council and its residents to:
stop Ken Livingstone’s West London Tram:
abolish unnecessary bus lanes in Northolt;
reduce traffic congestion and pollution;
being tough on crime and anti-social behaviour
focus on youth initiatives to reduce causes of crime.


May 3, 2007