Ealing Times reported yesterday that local film star, Bassam Mahfouz, has been selected to fight against Angie Bray for the Ealing Central and Acton seat. As well as being a prominent Ealing councillor (he is the Labour transport and environment spokesman) he is a parliamentary researcher to Labour MPs Karen Buck and Stephen Pound.
Mahfouz is a bright, young (26) and combative councillor and one of the few that the Labour group can rely to string two words together at council meetings. He courted controversy recently when he tried to get the police involved in a scare-mongering line that the Hanwell community centre was closing.
The Lib Dem candidate is Jon Ball. It is great to see that Angie Bray has a decent opponent to get her teeth into – waffly Ball really wasn’t going to cut it.
As Mahfouz is young it is hard to criticise him for not having much experience outside politics. You can find out more about Mafouz here. It is effectively his personal blog but he had not updated at all in July.