Labour has put forward its candidate to contest the Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner constituency at next year’s General Election .
Michael Borio, who was elected as a Harrow councillor for the Queensbury ward in May, will challenge the incumbent Conservative MP Nick Hurd for the seat, which spans both Harrow and Hillingdon boroughs.
The 38-year-old said: “It is obviously a huge honour and an important opportunity to represent an area I grew up in and care so much about.”
The councillor, who works as a public affairs officer for the Independent Age charity, has been a Labour activist for three decades and now has laid out the key points he will campaign on.
On a third runway at Heathrow Airport: “I totally understand and share some of the concerns of the residents and you have to be concerned about the impact that would have on their lives.”
On HS2: “We in the Labour party agree with the principal of HS2, but the impact of the proposals on Ickenham and Harefield leave me concerned.”
On the future of Heathrow Airport: “To see it closed and turned into housing, as it seems the Tory-run Hillingdon Council are set on, it would be a disaster.”
On Nick Hurd: “He believes he is born to rule, and I want to challenge that. He has been an absentee MP while he was in government and I feel Gareth Thomas MP (Labour, Harrow West) is testament to the benefits of staying true to your roots both for yourself and for constituents.”
On his personal passion: “I believe that adult social care is going to be a defining issue in our lifetime. I was a carer for my father, and in my work you can see the impact of the cuts on care. It is something I will work to fight for.”
Mr Borio, who has lived in South Harrow, Edgware, Hatch End and Wealdstone throughout his life, attended Camrose Primary School and Nursery in St David’s Drive, Edgware, before going on to Salvatorian College in High Road, Harrow Weald, and Stanmore College, in Elm Road, Stanmore.
He has also been elected as chairman of Harrow East Labour Party.
Labour MP for Harrow West Gareth Thomas said: “Michael is a great choice to fight the Tories in Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner.
“He will champion the case for more investment in Harrow and Hillingdon hospitals, and for action to stop the endless rise in the cost of travelling by tube and bus.”
The general election will take place on May 7 2015, and Mr Hurd holds a majority of 19,060.