London Feb 21 (SL/BAN) The Labour Party has selected Krupesh Hirani to contest the Brent and Harrow London Assembly seat at the London elections in May. The selection was triggered after the sitting London Assembly Member for the area Navin Shah announced he was stepping down from the role after 12 years and would not be contesting at the 2020 elections.
Krupesh is an experienced local politician and is currently serving his third term at Brent Council. He is currently overseeing Brent’s year as the London Borough of Culture. He also has a strong connection to Harrow having worked for the disability charity Aspire based within the grounds of the NHS Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and volunteering at the Stanmore Hindu temple.
The selection is seen as a massive boost to Labour’s prospects of reconnecting with the Hindu community following the general decline in support for the Party amongst this key demographic in recent years. Krupesh is a practising Hindu and is well connected to key temples and community organisations across Brent and Harrow and is seen as the ideal candidate from the Labour Party to take on the mantel from Navin Shah.
As part of his selection campaign, he pledged to be a representative for all communities in Brent and Harrow signalling a clear intent to be the unity candidate in the contest. Although not a member of any factional group within the Labour Party, such as Momentum, he was backed by a broad range of Brent and Harrow based politicians including Dawn Butler MP, Gareth Thomas MP, the current London Assembly Member for the area Navin Shah and leaders of both Brent and Harrow Councils Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Graham Henson. He was also endorsed by the Jewish Labour Movement due to his strong stance against anti-Semitism which has marred the Party in recent times.
He pledged to get the best out of City Hall and the Mayor’s resources for the constituency and has promised to set up Brent and Harrow’s first ever young people’s steering group to bring issues directly from young people in the area to the Mayor of London.
Krupesh said, “I’m delighted to be selected as Labour’s candidate in Brent and Harrow for the May 2020 London elections. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to represent my Party in the best part of the greatest city in the world; the area I have lived and worked in all of my life.
As we move on to the elections in May, I look forward to campaigning and working hard for Brent and Harrow and retaining the seat for Labour as well as doing my bit to make sure we return Sadiq Khan as our Mayor of London.”
*Krupesh Hirani is a ward Councillor in Dudden Hill where he has been elected by residents in three consecutive elections in 2010, 2014 and most recently in 2018.
*He has served on Brent Council’s cabinet since 2012 covering the adult social care, public health, leisure, culture and chairing the health and wellbeing board at the Council over the eight year period. He is currently the Cabinet lead overseeing Brent’s year as the London Borough of Culture.
*Krupesh was born in Brent at Central Middlesex Hospital and lives in Neasden. He was state school educated in Brent and went to Braintcroft Primary School and Preston Manor High School and Sixth Form.
*Krupesh worked for the disability charity Aspire based in Stanmore for over six years between 2009 and 2015. He currently works part-time for the MS Society.