Whose side are you on II? London General Election debate 2015 – Ealing

London General Election Debate 2015

Whose side are you on?

Ealing North

Tiemo Talk of the Town & Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

Thursday 30th April 2015


Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College

The Green, Ealing, London W5 5EW

(next to Walpole Park & Ealing Studios)

£Free. Book on-line

NB – Please arrive by 6.30p.m. ready for a 7pm start.


The National Debate

Whether or not the televised Leaders debates on Thursday 2nd and 16th April 2015 helped you decide who to vote for or swayed you away from your favourite party, it is clear from the polls that this is going to be the closest fought general election battle for some years.

The debate will be an important part of the election process where, judging by the opinion polls, there is not much between the Conservative and Labour parties, with them polling around 33% each,  meaning another hung parliament is the most likely outcome of this year’s general election. With everything to play for, every vote matters, as even the 3rd, 4th or 5th ranked parties may have a say, or even form part of a new coalition government.


With national debt at record highs of £900 billion, which party offers the best solution to reducing this?

The NHS will be covered too,  also with a particular focus on its financial health. With proposals to close the A&E’s of Central Middlesex, Charing Cross and Ealing hospital’s and reports saying the NHS requires an extra £8bn per annum, on top of the £101bn per annum they are getting for 2015/16, which party will do the best for the nation’s health and does the NHS really need another huge injection of cash?

Reports state that unemployment for young people aged 18-24 is 25% (2012). Nearly a million young people are out of work. We shall be finding out what each party intends to do about providing jobs and better career prospects for young people and graduates.

On the international sphere, with Libyan migration high on the agenda – should Britain be doing more or should the country stay away and take the stance that it has nothing to do with us?

Is Britain is better off in or out of the European Union? UKIP claim it’s costing the nation £55m per day and that by withdrawing from Europe this money could be put to better use. What do you want? At these debates you will get to hear where each party stands on this topic.

The debate is free to attend. Questions for the panel can be emailed in advance via bookings

Book tickets on-line or via text to 07740-471352.

28th April 2015 – Hammersmith debate 3.30p.m. Students Booking

Candidates will speak mainly on national issues affecting Londoner’s and all British citizens and voters.

Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for Ealing North

Thomas O’Malley (Conservative)

Thomas O'Malley

Thomas O’Malley

Thomas O’Malley is a local councillor in Richmond. He serves the community as governor of two Catholic state schools and as trustee of a local community centre & of a charity supporting schools in rural South Africa. Thomas previously worked with John Major & William Hague for the Conservative Party. He now works in the West End, helping pension & investment funds focus on environment, social & governance issues.

Thomas was born & brought up in West London and lives nearby with his wife and two young children. He is a member of what The Daily Telegraph described as Britain’s brightest family, where all 6 children (including himself) plus their father earned degrees from Oxford university. All graduated together at a unique graduation ceremony in 2011.

Steve Pound (Labour)

Steve Pound

Steve Pound

Steve Pound was elected as MP for Ealing North in May 1997 and has been their MP ever since right up to April 2015. From 1982 to 1998 he was a Councillor at the London Borough of Ealing. He was also the Mayor of Ealing from 1995-96.

Steve is a member of the Fabian Society and the Co-operative Party and is an active Parliamentarian and his main interest areas are housing, Europe, Ireland, transport and local government. He was a member of the Greater London Authority Select Committee and gave his maiden speech on the bill. He is also a member of the following Parliamentary Committees and Groups:

* Northern Ireland Affairs Committee * Homelessness & Housing Need * Parliamentary Motorcycle Group * Co-Chair of the All Party Scouting Group * Vice Chair of the British/ Polish Parliamentary Group * Former Chair, Labour Friends of India Parliamentary Group

He writes a monthly column for the Ealing Gazette and Asian Voice and used to write regular columns for the Ealing Times. Steve has made numerous appearances on TV and radio, including “Have I Got News for You”.  He presented LBC’s “London Matters” on Sunday mornings for six months and he was nominated in 2000 as Parliamentarian of the Year, in the Channel 4 Parliamentary Awards.

Steve lives in the North Ealing constituency with his wife and two children. He is a life long supporter of Fulham Football Club and his other interests include enjoying music, walking and collecting comics. He is also a lay reader at church (RC).

Meena Hans (Green Party)

Meena Hans

Meena Hans

Meena Hans is an Adult Education Tutor and has lived in the Borough of Ealing since the age of 3. She has lived in various parts of the borough including Southall, Norwood Green, Northolt, Perivale and Greenford, so is familiar with the areas and can speak from personal experience. She has been active within Ealing Green Party since 2009 and stood in the last two local elections for the wards of Norwood Green and Ealing Broadway.

Meena says “Green values are more popular than ever before. That’s why we are confident that the public will rally behind us as we take on politics-as-usual.”


Kevin McNamara (Liberal Democrats)

Kevin Mcnamara

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara is an experienced campaigner who has been involved with the party since 2010. A previous council candidate when he was at University of Kent, Kevin has been involved in campaigns up and down the country to re-elect Liberal Democrats and stand up for local residents.

After graduation, Kevin moved to Ealing for a job in the media in Slough. He lived in Cleveland ward inside the constituency, and now lives just outside the constituency in West Ealing. He has been fighting alongside the local party to force the Labour-run Council to rethink their draconian cuts to the Solace Centre for mental health and the Carlton Road Day centre for adults with learning disabilities. He is running to be the MP for Ealing North because it is a beautiful family-friendly area that deserves better representation than it currently gets from a complacent Labour MP and almost exclusively Labour councillors.

Currently, Kevin is trying to win some transparency on issues concerning the local train line, picking up where the Labour MP and the Conservative Mayor of London are not doing their jobs. He is currently highlighting the uncertain future of the Greenford branch line, and also trying to lean on the local train operator to consult more fully with residents about how they can best shape the future of train services given the logistical challenges of the imminent arrival of Crossrail.

David Hofman (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

David Hofman

David Hofman

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition’s candidate says he will be the only one in complete opposition to all cuts and austerity battling for the seat.

Their coalition is made up of the Rail Maritime and Transport workers’ union (RMT), socialist organisations and a number of other prominent trade unionists, local councillors and community campaigners.

David Hofman, a long-standing local, socialist activist. Mr Hofman believes ordinary people should not have to pay for a crisis not of their making.

Afzal Akam (UKIP)

Afzal Akam

Afzal Akam



Afzal Akam was born, educated and has lived in London all his life. He has been a businessman for 25 years and is currently the Chairman & CEO of the Smile Group of Businesses. He has also served as an elected Councillor from 2006 – 2014. He is the current Chairman for the UKIP Ealing Branch.

His other work experiences include the following:

  • Chairman of a NHS Trust from (2008 – 2013)
  • Chairman of Business Link for London (2000 – 2008)
  • Chairman of a Connexions Service (2002 – 2008)
  • Deputy Chairman of Learning & Skills Council (2000-2008) 

Facilitator: Sherryl Blu is an all-round creative individual that loves to talk! Unafraid, forthright, vivacious and loud are just some of the words that describe Sherryl.

Whilst she loves music, she also loves to chat and explore subjects that others are reluctant to talk about.  She previously held down a successful weekly chat show that allowed her to expand on this passion. Sherryl currently presents the Weekend Vibe show every Saturday between 1-4pm on Westside radio as well as produces and co-hosts an entertainment podcast. Sherryl can also be found blogging over at The Rinse on-line

Further reading:

The National Debt

  1. Britain’s budget deficit
  2. UK national debt

NHS Funding

  1. NHS Funding not enough – Independent
  2. NHS England business plan 2015-16
  3. Drop NHS debt
  4. 58 failing NHS Trusts in £241m of debt – Independent

Youth unemployment

  1. Youth unemployment – London poverty profile
  2. London youth unemployment
  3. Graduate unemployment in steep drop, new data suggests BBC – 25th September 2014

Further Education

  1. Adult education is being slashed and burned – this it too important to ignore – Lola Okolosie – The Guardian, 26th March 2015
  2. Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College – Open Day 29th April 2015, 4-7pm, Ealing campus.
  3. The Brightest family in Britain ? The O’Malleys – Daily Telegraph – 5th November 2011


  1. Migration crisis
  2. Migrants drown in Mediterannean- April 2015
  3. Migrants crisis 2015 – BBC

European union

  1. Disadvantages of staying in Europe – Economics help
  2. Euromove – Euromove
  3. Budget spending contributions to Europe – The Guardian 2012
  4. Analysis of benefits of European union membership – Spiegal

Political reviews

  1. Uproar in church as candidate evicted in the one and only hustings Mayor Boris Johnson attended in 2015 – 10th April 2015
  2. Kenny Report III: Personalised politics – review of launch night – 8th April 2015
  3. ITV Leaders debate – 2nd April 2015
  4. Education Question Time – London Festival of Education – 28th February 2015
  5. Never mind Boris & Ken, when do the others get a word in? – London Mayoral debate – April 2008

The debate will be recorded.  By entering this event you agree to being filmed or photographed, which may be used for marketing or promotional purposes. If you do not wish to be filmed please inform the organiser in advance or on arrival.

This event is now sold out and due to the very high demand to attend guests are advised that arriving early (6.30pm) is important in order to secure a seat. The debate starts at 7pm and will finish by 8.45p.m.



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7 Responses to Whose side are you on II? London General Election debate 2015 – Ealing

  1. Tiemo Talk says:

    Tiemo Talk of the Town and Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College would like to thank everyone who has booked to attend this extremely popular general election 2015 debate. Thanks to you it is now SOLD OUT. If you have booked you are strongly advised to arrive by 6.30p.m. in order to secure your seat.

    We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow for ‘The Big Debate- Whose side are you on?

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  3. Tiemo Talk says:

    In a hour and three quarters length debate a big audience at this sold out event heard from all 6 official prospective parliamentary candidates standing for the Ealing North seat held by Labour’s Steve Pound for the last 18 years.

    In a good natured and at times very heated debate, especially when challenged by the audience on their specific plans to reduce the deficit (Steve Pound in particular was singled out) and manage the NHS, we heard the candidates outline their views on improving the economy, reducing the national debt, whether they were pro or anti-austerity, the NHS, youth unemployment, tuition fees and their views for or against gay marriage. All 6 were in favour of gay marriage, arguing that they saw no need for their to be discrimination against those in same sex relationships when it came to marriage. Steve hadn’t always been of that view and voted along such lines in the past, but stated that he would vote for it if the vote came up tomorrow.

    The candidates included David Hofman (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) , Kevin McNamara (Liberal Democrats) Steve Pound (Labour), Thomas O’Malley (Conservatives), Meena Hans (Green) and Afzal Akram (UKIP).

    In a memorable exchange Steve Pound said “We did not have a NHS, but had a National Ill-health System and that we needed to focus more on prevention, rather than cure.”

    With just a few days till voting, it is hoped that this debate will have helped any attendees yet to be decided, to make up their minds ahead of the election on May 7th 2015.

    If you are undecided the Verto Vote website might help you make up your mind. By answering a set of questions it tells you which party is most aligned to your opinions.

  4. Tiemo Talk says:

    If you were at the event what did you think? Who won in your opinion? Has it helped you decide who to vote for on Thursday?

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