Longstanding residents of the borough will recognise the face of the MP at the centre of events in these two photographs from the 1970s.

The late Bill Molloy served the Ealing North constituency for 15 years between 1964 and 1979, becoming renowned as a practitioner of old-fashioned doorstep politics and an enthusiastic - and occasionally confusing - speaker in the House of Commons.

The top photograph, from the general election in June 1970, shows Molloy carrying the train of new bride Marilyn Bath, then aged 27, just after her wedding to John Hanna.

The happy couple married at St Mary's Church in Northolt before going on to the polling station to vote.

The second shows Mr Molloy five years later in May 1975, with a group of fellow Eurosceptic MPs including future Labour leader Neil Kinnock.

The choir are rehearsing a song called Nein, Nein, Nein, protesting against plans to take the UK into the common market.

The left-wing MP was faced with a daunting Tory majority of more than 4,000 when he first came to fight for the Ealing North seat, which had for decades swung wildly between the two main parties.

The area had developed rapidly in the years after the Second World War, creating a volatile political landscape as traditional Labour voters moved into the new houses and found them selves property owners - and Tory sympathisers - for the first time.

Molloy's relentless doorstepping campaign was rewarded by a turnout close to 85 per cent and a victory of just 27 votes which required several recounts. His election was crucial to Harold Wilson's government, which came to power with a parliamentary majority of just five seats.

During the next 15 years the former Fulham councillor steadily increased his margin, running weekly surgeries in his constituency at the same time as fighting a lengthy anti-Europe campaign in the Commons.

From 1969 until 1970 Molloy was parliamentary private secretary to John Stonehouse, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications - although his position was abruptly terminated when Stonehouse disappeared after faking his own death to avoid prosecution for fraud.

From 1976 until 1977 he was a member of the European Parliament, where he helped run the 'Get Britain Out' campaign, but finally lost his Ealing North seat to Conservative Harry Greenway in the 1979 general election.

He was made Baron Molloy with a life peerage in 1981.

Always a fan of music, the Welsh-born politician is reported to have recruited a male voice choir to serenade Harold Wilson's wife, Mary, outside her hotel window after she fell ill at a party conference. The Welsh songs apparently led to a speedy recovery.

Bill Molloy died in 2001, fondly remembered by many of his constituents.