I took part in a second hustings earlier this evening. It was organised by the Hounslow Muslim Forum. There was a large turnout (100 or so) and the following candidates were on the panel:
Mary Macleod – Conservative in Brentford and Isleworth
Ann Keen – Labour in Brentford and Isleworth
Alan Keen – Labour in Feltham and Heston
Munira Wilson – LibDem in Feltham and Heston
Andrew Dakers – LibDem in Brentford and Isleworth
Elizabeth Anstis – Green in Feltham and Heston
John Hunt – Green in Brentford and Isleworth
We drew lots and the candidates spoke in numerical order. Alan Keen gave a decent and reasonable opening statement. I said so. However, some of what I heard from Ann Keen was beyond belief. Her opening statement included an attack that not only did Hounslow turn blue in 2006 but it turned white also. A number of us (not only me) were disgusted by these remarks and whatever happens at this election, these are comments that must be exposed. I wonder what the Prime Minister would think of them, both publicly and privately?
Later on when Mr Keen was answering a question, Mrs Keen felt the need to call me “a prat”. And people wonder why there is cynicism about politicians!
I thank those who organised the event.