ABOUT SITARAH


Standing up for Fairness, Equality and Justice

 

Who I am?

I am a self-made person and working class woman with grass root level experience. As an immigrant I have had my share of difficulties, struggles and hardships which made me the person I am.  I came from Pakistan as a young girl from a small city with no experience of life. I was born and grew up in a family where my father had keen interest in world politics and current affairs. My father was a working class man who worked hard all his life to raise his family and provide the best possible education to his children. I faced harshest realities of my life after coming to England and this is when I started my journey of practical life. I started my first job working in a small boutique as a sales assistant to support myself. While I worked during the days, I attended evening classes to better myself so that I could attain skills which would help me to survive in a competitive world. I was so determined to surmount all difficulties and challenges that came in my way during the early years in this country.  Since my childhood I observed there is injustice, inequality, manipulation and exploitations in the society and I must do something to change it.

It was due to my own difficulties, struggles and hardships that I started to feel pain and sufferings of others. 2007 was the turning year of my life when an acquaintance said if I join politics I would do really well because I have the desire to help others and change things.  During all these years, I met many people who were disillusioned and fed up of self-serving career politicians. They had no faith in the system that was failing them and rightly so.  For the first time in 2010, I contested council election from Perivale ward in Ealing North with 3 sitting Tory councillors and topped the ballot. Then I got elected second time from Cleveland in Ealing North, a split ward which is now held by Labour.

My record of community engagement

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“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

John Maxwell

As a local councillor in Ealing North, I have listened to the concerns of my constituents. I have fought for Perivale residents to save Perivale Library in 2012. I campaigned to lobby HS2 (High speed rail 2) to secure tunnelling under Ealing and Northolt and mitigate environmental impact. I campaigned with local residents, activists, party members and trade unions to save our hospitals and A&E department in Ealing. I worked closely with council officers and other stake holders to deliver several improvement projects in Perivale and Cleveland wards in Ealing North.

Whether it is a local parking issue or a planning development, I have always stood up for my constituents to actively represent them. I want to be the next MP for Ealing North because I want to become residents’ voice and represent their interests in the parliament. I want to change their perception that all politicians are the same and they do not listen to them. As a local councillor I stand up for all communities in my ward to protect them and fight for the much needed change this Borough needs so desperately. I decada of Tory austarity and cuts means Ealing coucil is forced to take unpoular decisions to  protect front line services.

 

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