A FRESH row has broken out in the run up to the Townfield by-election.
Kashmir Pahal, who is standing for the Conservatives in tomorrow's (Thursday) election, has said he owns the Golden Fish Bar in Coldharbour Lane, Hayes but this has been challenged by Liberal Democrat candidate, Roy Chamdal, who argues that he no longer owns the shop.
Mr Chamdal said: "He is claiming to be a local businessman by saying he owns the Golden Fish Bar, when he sold it two months ago. And we have never seen it open, when you call the number they have on their website there is no answer.
"So we are challenging him to come clean because it seems to us that he is clearly misleading the residents of Townfield, he is trying to say he is part of the community when he is not, so what confidence can voters have in him?"
Mr Pahal retorted: "I'm just refur
bishing and that's why the business has been closed for a few weeks but I have no intention of selling it, and these comments are all propaganda."
Councillor David Simmonds, deputy leader for the Conservatives, said: "As
far as I am aware this is a ridiculous allegation and, frankly, quite silly."
Now Andrew Retter, Conservative councillor representing Northwood Hills, has hit out at Mr Chamdal for telling voters that he is number one to win - and has offered a bet on the out-come.
Mr Retter, said: "Roy Chamdal's leaflets say that he is in pole position to win, this is what the Liberal Democrats do time and time again, and
"I'm just asking him to put his money where his mouth is.
"If he comes second or higher I will donate £50 to a charity of his choice
but if he doesn't then he should donate to a charity of my choice, which will be Hillingdon Carers."
Mr Chamdal said: "I'm number one on the ballot paper, so we have been using it as part of our slogan, and from the response I am getting I do feel that I will win, so what is wrong with saying that?
"I already do a lot for charity and I have no intention in playing games with the electorate to satisfy councillor Retter."
[25a0] The full candidates list: Tony Eginton - Labour Kashmir Pahal - Conservative Roy Chamdal - Lib Dem Catriona Corfield - Green Andrew Cripps - National Front Denis MacDonald - BNP ..