A pledge of ongoing work with local communities
Navin Shah, Labour London Assembly candidate for Brent and Harrow, launched the official start of his campaign on Sunday 20 March, 2016.
Speaking to community leaders, volunteers and constituents at Pradip Sweet Mart, Navin outlined why it is so important to elect Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London and went on to highlight his own pledges for Brent and Harrow – to continue action in support of neighbourhood policing and better resources for our fire services; to continue his hard work for accessibility of local stations; to continue his work to bring genuine affordable housing and private sector rented accommodation; to promote community cohesion; to back small and medium sized businesses; and to work with local partners for more opportunities for cleaner air, regeneration and transport initiatives, including cycling.
Navin expressed his strong backing for Sadiq Khan in his bid to be Mayor of London, emphasising his vision to make London a fairer, more accessible city that will help Londoners flourish. He pledged to hold the mayor to account and ensure, regardless of whom it is that is elected mayor, that they deliver for Brent and Harrow's community.
Navin, a local resident since 1973, has been actively engaged in the community for 40 years, having worked with voluntary organisations to promote equality and community cohesion. Navin had a successful record as a Harrow councillor for 20 years and served as Leader of Harrow Council for two years. Since 2008, Navin has served on the London Assembly, contributing to a broad range of areas including the London Fire Brigade, Planning, Regeneration and Transport Committees.
Navin encourages local residents, community groups and voluntary organisations to raise their concerns and priorities for the local areas. Yesterday's campaign launch was another opportunity to continue Navin's strong ties with local communities to ensure their voices are heard and services deliver for them and their aspirations.
Commenting after the launch of his campaign, Navin Shah said, “under the Tory Mayor, London has stumbled from crisis to crisis – ranging from the significant lack of supply of affordable and socially rented housing to dismantling of local neighbourhood policing, increasing concerns over crime.
"I’m seeking to continue working with residents to enable me to hold the mayor to account. The Tory mayor has not made delivering for Outer London areas like Brent and Harrow his priority.
"I’m proud of my ties with local resident associations, voluntary groups, local businesses and traders. I thank people of Brent of Harrow for the confidence they’ve shown in me for the last eight years. With their backing I am committed to continue representing the views of the community and work collaboratively to act on my pledges.
"Local regeneration remains a key priority to ensure economic growth, support for businesses and provision of social infrastructure.
"Old Oak Common and Harrow and Wealdstone offer huge opportunities for the kind of housing and economic growth we require. I want to tap into such opportunities and resources. I’m super proud of our community cohesion and would like to see it strengthened through active engagement with our diverse communities. Sadiq Khan's vision for London offers real opportunities for Brent and Harrow to flourish."