Tories Announce Candidates for Osterley Ward
Party hopes Tesco/Homebase controversy can deliver them a win
The Conservatives in Hounslow borough have announced the three candidates that it intends to put forward for the Osterley and Spring Grove ward in next year’s council elections.
The party sees it as a key target ward as they hope strong feeling about the Tesco/Homebase development will work in its favour.
The ward, which currently has three Labour councillors, will be contested by Sukhy Bahia, a lecturer at a London university and volunteer for several local charity groups; Jason Harcourt, a quality assurance professional in Higher Education who grew up in Osterley and has lived in the area ever since; and Maneesh Singh, a Finance Director and local activist who stood as a Conservative candidate in the ward in 2018. All three have been active in working with community groups to oppose the development of the Tesco/Homebase site into a high-rise block of flats.
The incumbent councillors include former Mayor of Hounslow Tony Louki who has expressed opposition to the development and Richard Eason, who recently had his membership of the Labour party temporarily suspended after he made criticisms of the council leader Steve Curran and other cabinet members over the implementation of Streetspace measures across the borough.
Part of the Brentford area will now come under the Chiswick Gunnersbury ward which is mainly made up of the former Turnham Green ward which will be contested by the Conservatives by the three sitting councillors - Joanna Biddolph, Ranjit Gill and Ron Mushiso. Voting patterns in the Mayoral elections held earlier his year indicate this ward could closely contested
In Chiswick Riverside, sitting councillor Gabriella Giles ward will defend the ward for the Conservatives along with two new candidates, Gavin Morrison and Seb Wallace.
Joan D’Olier, Chair of Chiswick, Brentford and Isleworth Conservative Association said, “Next year’s local elections will give our community the chance to vote for fresh ideas from committed Conservative candidates. For far too long, the Hounslow Labour Party has ignored us, overcharged us and let us down. I’m excited to work with our candidates across the borough to ensure the election of local Conservative champions who care about our area.”
The Conservatives say they plan to run a full slate of candidates across the borough and those standing in the Brentford, Syon and Isleworth wards will be announced in due course.
August 27, 2021