WALTHAMSTOW: Councillor Naz in third bid to become MP

Cllr Naz Sarkar has parliamentary ambitions

Cllr Naz Sarkar has parliamentary ambitions

First published in Waltham Forest by

A GAFFE-PRONE councillor is to attempt to become a parliamentary candidate for the THIRD time.

Naz Sarkar, 33, who represents Hoe Street ward, is on the list of hopefuls to become Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat of Reading West.

Cllr Sarkar last year failed to become Labour's candidate for Streatham when he lost to Chuka Umunna, who many see as a rising star in the party.

Cllr Sarkar was criticised for his promotional election video, which appeared to suggest he lived in south London when he in fact lives in Leytonstone.

It was not the first time the councillor has come a cropper over his electioneering efforts.

He also put himself forward to be Labour's candidate for Walthamstow two years ago.

But he was criticised after he asked for money, lifts and help with his campaign in an email to party activists entitled "Urgent Life Opportunity for Naz", which was leaked to the Guardian.

It was a mistake which many believe contributed to the decision to axe him from his council post of arts, culture and leisure cabinet member.

Martin Salter, Labour party vice-chairman, is the sitting MP for Reading West and will stand down at the next election.

Labour currently has a majority of 4,682 but polling experts say if the election was held tomorrow the Conservatives would take the seat.

Cllr Sarkar faces competition to win the Labour nomination from Lambeth councillor Mark Bennett, Oxford City councillor Antonia Bance, Hammersmith and Fulham councillor Lisa Homan, Bolton Cllr Akhtar Zaman, Camden councillor Raj Chadha and Labour activist Mark McDonald.

Cllr Sarkar was contacted by the Guardian but did not respond.

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2:02pm Tue 21 Apr 09

RichieA70 says...

His age is 33, not 54. Another "gaffe" perhaps!
His age is 33, not 54. Another "gaffe" perhaps! RichieA70
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4:31pm Tue 21 Apr 09

Sugarplum says...

What a shame that some of our councillors see Waltham Forest as a stepping stone to Parliament.

Whatever happened to councillors that put our borough first before their own political ambitions????
What a shame that some of our councillors see Waltham Forest as a stepping stone to Parliament. Whatever happened to councillors that put our borough first before their own political ambitions???? Sugarplum
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2:04am Wed 22 Apr 09

Cllr Matt Davis says...

"Whatever happened to councillors that put our borough first before their own political ambitions????"

Well there's still some of us in the Conservative group Sugarplum.
"Whatever happened to councillors that put our borough first before their own political ambitions????" Well there's still some of us in the Conservative group Sugarplum. Cllr Matt Davis
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10:00am Wed 22 Apr 09

Techno2 says...

Cllr Matt Davis wrote:
"Whatever happened to councillors that put our borough first before their own political ambitions????" Well there's still some of us in the Conservative group Sugarplum.
What are you saying Matt?

"I coulda been a contender?"

:)
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Matt Davis[/bold] wrote: "Whatever happened to councillors that put our borough first before their own political ambitions????" Well there's still some of us in the Conservative group Sugarplum.[/p][/quote]What are you saying Matt? "I coulda been a contender?" :) Techno2
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3:26pm Wed 22 Apr 09

mdj says...

Mr Davis,
I would love to feel that we did have an effective opposition, but over the last few years, all the effective scrutiny and opposition to this Council's bullying and incompetence (and possibly worse) has come from groups of individual residents, forming their own action groups and campaigns. The Conservatives seem happy to hide beyond the North Circular, possibly calculating that Labour is alienating its own traditional supporters, and all that's needed is to pick up the pieces. That's an inadequate view, to put it mildly.Now that the Lib Dems are indelibly tainted by endorsement of Labour's self-serving agenda, there's a lot to play for politically, but people will remember that the Tories were absent from the fray.
Mr Davis, I would love to feel that we did have an effective opposition, but over the last few years, all the effective scrutiny and opposition to this Council's bullying and incompetence (and possibly worse) has come from groups of individual residents, forming their own action groups and campaigns. The Conservatives seem happy to hide beyond the North Circular, possibly calculating that Labour is alienating its own traditional supporters, and all that's needed is to pick up the pieces. That's an inadequate view, to put it mildly.Now that the Lib Dems are indelibly tainted by endorsement of Labour's self-serving agenda, there's a lot to play for politically, but people will remember that the Tories were absent from the fray. mdj
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9:26pm Wed 22 Apr 09

Techno2 says...

mdj wrote:
Mr Davis, I would love to feel that we did have an effective opposition, but over the last few years, all the effective scrutiny and opposition to this Council's bullying and incompetence (and possibly worse) has come from groups of individual residents, forming their own action groups and campaigns. The Conservatives seem happy to hide beyond the North Circular, possibly calculating that Labour is alienating its own traditional supporters, and all that's needed is to pick up the pieces. That's an inadequate view, to put it mildly.Now that the Lib Dems are indelibly tainted by endorsement of Labour's self-serving agenda, there's a lot to play for politically, but people will remember that the Tories were absent from the fray.
You are being a little unkind there mdj.

Matt himself is not too bad, if a little parochial as you allude, but do understand his real problem. He just doesn't have the talent in his group of councillors to credibly fill all the posts with competent people who can run things.

In the event that the LibDems pulled the plug on Labour, he'd be embarrassed by the negotiation process, so he avoids letting thisngs get that far.

This is why he has always found some reason (usually being deliberately annoying) to keep the Libdems at bay, while pretending that the inability to come to a deal and oust Labour is all their fault. I have some sympathy with him, but he is going to have to live with a new world as Labour collapses in the coming months, so I really do recommend he gets his colleagues to buck up and work on their skill-sets.
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: Mr Davis, I would love to feel that we did have an effective opposition, but over the last few years, all the effective scrutiny and opposition to this Council's bullying and incompetence (and possibly worse) has come from groups of individual residents, forming their own action groups and campaigns. The Conservatives seem happy to hide beyond the North Circular, possibly calculating that Labour is alienating its own traditional supporters, and all that's needed is to pick up the pieces. That's an inadequate view, to put it mildly.Now that the Lib Dems are indelibly tainted by endorsement of Labour's self-serving agenda, there's a lot to play for politically, but people will remember that the Tories were absent from the fray.[/p][/quote]You are being a little unkind there mdj. Matt himself is not too bad, if a little parochial as you allude, but do understand his real problem. He just doesn't have the talent in his group of councillors to credibly fill all the posts with competent people who can run things. In the event that the LibDems pulled the plug on Labour, he'd be embarrassed by the negotiation process, so he avoids letting thisngs get that far. This is why he has always found some reason (usually being deliberately annoying) to keep the Libdems at bay, while pretending that the inability to come to a deal and oust Labour is all their fault. I have some sympathy with him, but he is going to have to live with a new world as Labour collapses in the coming months, so I really do recommend he gets his colleagues to buck up and work on their skill-sets. Techno2
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11:37pm Wed 22 Apr 09

mdj says...

I think Mr Davis is a decent bloke, but if all he can do is join in blogs like you and me who are otherwise powerless, when others have got to work and exposed all sorts of misconduct, it looks weak.
I think Mr Davis is a decent bloke, but if all he can do is join in blogs like you and me who are otherwise powerless, when others have got to work and exposed all sorts of misconduct, it looks weak. mdj
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