Twickenham Labour Party has selected Nick Grant (pictured above) as the Labour candidate for Twickenham in 2015.
Nick is a commercial lawyer and has made Twickenham his family home for the last 15 years.
As chair of the governing body of nearby Feltham Community College, a large comprehensive school, Nick has worked hard to create the best possible education for local children.
He is also vice-chair of the influential Labour Finance and Industry Group.
Why I'm standing
Here, Nick writes about the reasons why he is standing as your Labour candidate for Twickenham:
“Hello, I’m standing in Twickenham because the place I’ve lived in for 15 years needs a new, strong voice in Parliament.
I, like many people, feel angry about the decisions Vince Cable has made as part of the Coalition government. I struggle to see the difference he’s made to a typically divisive, private-knows-best Conservative government. Recent press releases that try to portray Vince Cable in conflict with his Cabinet colleagues should be seen for what they are: desperate attempts to avoid collective responsibility for right wing policies like the Bedroom Tax. It’s too little too late.
The Labour Party is based on a set of values that I know are close to the heart of the majority of Twickenham residents. The people I meet want to know that their MP and their government pursue policies that are fair to all members of society, that enable the talented to flourish regardless of background but look after the vulnerable. In challenging economic times they understand tough choices need to be made but want them to be principled, tolerant and inclusive.
Twickenham is blessed with some wonderful natural amenities. As a place it bursts with potential. But that was the same story when I moved to St. Margaret’s 15 years ago: unfulfilled potential. At the local level, I’ve seen Twickenham lurch between unsatisfactory Conservative and Lib Dem administrations with each much trumpeted plan for change (nearly always based on luxury housing and frozen council tax) failing to bring about a new vision for the area.
Significant opportunities for community development have been wasted. Just look at the stale thinking and dither that has dogged the Twickenham riverside development.
I think many people recognise that 2015 is a suitable time for real change. Vince Cable has had his chance. The Conservative Party will not bring change or new energy. It is hugely symbolic that the Conservative candidate is a serving councillor.
In many ways I believe I reflect a fairly typical Twickenham resident. I work in central London, my children go to local state schools, we enjoy the Thames and the nearby green spaces. By any national standard we’re fortunate. But as my children grow up I see the problems that lie ahead, and I share the concerns that I know so many of you have.
If I am elected as MP for Twickenham I will work hard to tackle those concerns, focusing my energy on the practical foundations that everybody depends on.
Health – protecting the NHS, investing in the doctors and nurses we need, calling the end of privatisation
Homes – building affordable homes, securing a fair deal for tenants so that renting families have stability in their lives
Work – proper apprenticeships for our young people that will give skills for life, backing small businesses, cutting then freezing business rates
School – a place at a good state school with qualified teachers, ending the chaos and expense of poorly planned free schools, lowering tuition fees.