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Rupa Huq, self-styled deputy mayoress, selected to fight Angie Bray

On Saturday afternoon the Ealing Central and Acton Constituency Labour Party selected Rupa Huq as their candidate to fight Conservative Angie Bray at the next general election. Rupa is a local girl to the tips of her toes – she lives in my ward Northfield, and a pleasant woman she is.

Rupa Huq in chainOne thing I find slightly strange about the way she presents herself is her banging on about being “deputy mayoress”. Rupa even uses a photo of herself in the council chamber with her ribbon and badge on her twitter account. In a piece in the Guardian she said “I have become deputy mayoress of the London borough of Ealing”. This is a strange form of words. Cllr John Gallagher was appointed Deputy Mayor, being a long serving South Acton councillor. As he does not have a wife, he nominated Rupa to be his consort which is a slightly different thing from being deputy mayor.

In her Guardian piece Rupa burbled on about public service:

I’m talking about serving in local government, the selfless calling to represent your local community. The issue has become central to my own life: in recent weeks I have become deputy mayoress of the London borough of Ealing. The result has been an eye-opener as some of the vestiges of pomp, ceremony and patronage seem to be alive and well – despite our 13-year entanglement with the non-hierarchical, New Labour-induced New Britain.

Now I am sure that Rupa works hard as a university lecturer and is an all round good stick but she has never served in local government except to ride in the Mayor’s car and eat the odd vol-au-vent accompanying John Gallagher on his duties. Rupa did indeed try to become a councillor in 2010 but failed. You can see the results here. She got 1,754 votes.

Both Ealing Southall MP Virendra Sharma (1994/5) and Ealing North MP Stephen Pound (1995/6) were Mayors of the London Borough of Ealing so I guess Rupa feels that maybe she will get a boost too through her municipal connections but she might make her role a bit clearer.

I live in the Ealing Central and Acton constituency and I will be working hard over the next year and a half to get our excellent MP Angie Bray re-elected. I wish Rupa good luck but I will be making it my business to make sure that Rupa sticks to the facts.

6 replies on “Rupa Huq, self-styled deputy mayoress, selected to fight Angie Bray”

Will,

You are right of course. But it is strange all the same to make so much of the fact that the actual councillor deputy mayor merely asked you to go along for the ride.

My spies tell me that her presentation which helped to win her the slot was entertaining and excellent. When I met her during my abortive Councillor campaign in 2010 she didn’t seem that outgoing. Maybe her brother in law Charlie Brooker helped her with her presentation skills.

Good to read you are being generous to opponents. During your last six and a half months as Northfield Councillor I for one will be making sure you stick to the facts and that you don’t leave any facts out.

Hmmm.
Mr Taylor,
You almost sound as though you want to become a Labour type with all the praise that you are lavishing on Rupa Huq. Then there was your patronage of the Mela this year rather than the Brentford festival in Blondin Park. One might conjecture or suspect that you might be getting ready to change sides.

I find it hard to understand why Rupa has been chosen as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Ealing North. She wrote a book a while back: ‘BEYOND SUBCULTURE Pop, youth and identity in a postcolonial world, Rupa Huq’. The book quotes the NME publication quite a lot. I do find it difficult to understand why the Labour Party has chosen an expert in pop music for what is one of the ‘bell weather’ constituencies in the UK. Is it because it does not think it has a chance of winning this seat?

I have been told that I made a mistake and that Rupa is standing for the Ealing Central constituency and not the Ealing North constituency. My comment and question still stand and I do find it hard to understand why Rupa has been chosen as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Ealing CENTRAL. She wrote a book a while back: ‘BEYOND SUBCULTURE Pop, youth and identity in a postcolonial world, Rupa Huq’. The book quotes the NME publication quite a lot. I do find it difficult to understand why the Labour Party has chosen an expert in pop music for what is one of the ‘bell weather’ areas parliamentary elections in the UK. Is it because it does not think it has a chance of winning this seat?

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