An act of defiance against the Government's plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport has made the town's MP into a reluctant hero.
Hayes and Harlington representative John McDonnell is already well known as a backbench challenger to Gordon Brown and opponent of Heathrow expansion.
But he was thrust further into prominence last Thursday - Heathrow decision day - when he snatched up Parliament's ceremonial mace shortly after Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon announced his support for a third runway and sixth terminal.
Mr McDonnell, along with around 50 other MPs, had backed calls for a vote in the House of Commons on the subject and became incensed when this was rejected by Mr Hoon.
He left his seat, grabbed the mace which is the symbol of the sovereign's rule, and placed it on the Labour bench while shouting: "It's a disgrace to the democracy of this country."
The speaker of the house then named Mr McDonnell and had him removed from the chamber, along with a banning order suspending him for five days.
The spectacle was broadcast live by the BBC and caused a real stir among Mr McDonnell's constituents, who have been queuing up to congratulate him.
Jeanne Smith from Yeading who runs the Hayes and Harlington Dining Club at St Peter and St Paul Church in St Peter's Way, Harlington, said: "John McDonnell was very angry there wasn't going to be a democratic vote in the Houses of Parliament over the third runway.
"He is very passionate about democracy and democracy sadly didn't take place that day.
"I think he has done a superb job, so has John Randall [MP for Uxbridge] who supported him and the council, everyone is speaking in one voice in this part of the world."
Oliver O'Connor, 60, of Minet Drive, Hayes, a member of Hayes Garden Village Association, said: "I think John McDonnell had no choice but to pick up the mace because he knew no one was going to listen to him.
"His efforts are commendable but it might lose him his seat if Labour start pushing him to one side.
"Most people support John McDonnell and what he is trying to achieve but I think very few people think he could actually achieve it because a lot of us had long accepted that there will be a third runway."