Ealing and Northfield

Culture vulture?

Dr HuqA vaguely local figure appeared in the Evening Standard yesterday. They reported speculation that Rupa Huq might end up as the Labour candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow, George Galloway’s seat. Local you ask? Kind of.

The local bit is that she is a governor at Little Ealing Primary School which happens to be the school where I am a governor too. We both started at the same time last autumn.

She stood as a Labour candidate in the Chesham & Amersham seat in May 2005 where she came 3rd with 14% of the vote. I think that counts as a sound kicking. I guess the reason that Rupa, Cambridge-educated, Labour BYT, is a school governor in the Ealing Southall constituency is pretty obvious – see Monday’s posting.

Rupa is an academic, a sociology lecturer at Kingston. Her area seems to be yoof culture. I thought it was a bit seventies being a sociology lecturer but it looks like she is retraining as a media studies lecturer so I guess that is progress.

Rupa has her own blog so make your own mind up.

4 replies on “Culture vulture?”

The fact that Rupa (and her “famous” sisters Connie) was brought up in Northfield and lived in the area for many years might also have something to do with it!

Hi Phil,
3rd place in Chesham and Amersham was not a real surprise – this was the case in 1997 – Labour\’s best ever year and we didn\’t take the seat in 1945 either so I don\’t think it was anything personal.
Being Ealing born, bred and resident in the Little Ealing catchment area surely qualifies one as being more than vaguely connected with the place.
See you at the next governor\’s meeting I guess

Rupa gave me a right old telling off this morning at South Ealing tube station and quite right too. I got the wrong end of the stick, so sorry Rupa.

We had a good chat on the tube so I don’t think that there were any hard feelings. Rupa needs a venue to do some DJing (if that is a verb) which is something I can help her with so hopefullly I will be able to make amends.

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