This constituency has to have a candidate rooted deeply in our community and someone with local knowledge and credibility. That person is Bassam Mahfouz.
Bassam came here as a child and has spent all his life since then in Northolt and Greenford from schooldays to being elected as a councillor in 2005. Bassam worked with me in the 1997 general election as a schoolboy and has never stopped being an utterly committed activist and a real strong voice for Ealing North.
In my opinion there is no-one who could better represent this constituency and he has my wholehearted and unequivocal endorsement and support.
I would be proud if it was Ealing North that elected the first ever Arab origin Labour MP and I would be delighted if that MP were to be my good friend and loyal comrade, Cllr. Bassam Mahfouz.