Voters go to the polls on Thursday May 5 to choose the next London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow , as well as all other members of the London Assembly and the London Mayor .

Navin Shah has been the member of the London Assembly for Brent and Harrow since 2008, beating Conservative incumbent Bob Blackman .

In 2012, he was re-elected, increasing his majority by 18 times and seeing off competition from conservative candidate Sachin Rajput.

getwestlondon asked this year's candidates to tell you – in their own words – why you should vote for them.

Conservative - Joel Davidson

Conservative candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Joel Davidson
Conservative candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Joel Davidson

“I'm a born and bred North West Londoner, and I'm proud to represent Brondesbury Park as a local councillor in Brent. I'm also a chartered accountant and use these skills to scrutinise Labour-run Brent's wasteful spending and to demand a fairer deal for council taxpayers and local residents.

“I have campaigned effectively for local residents in Brent and I would like to use the position of Assembly Member to bring positive change for residents across Brent & Harrow.

“I'm passionate about making Brent & Harrow an even better place to live.

“The current Assembly Member Navin Shah has delivered nothing for the area, and although I've spoke to thousands of residents across Harrow and Brent, hardly anyone knows who he is or what the job of an Assembly Member should be.

“I will work constructively with the Mayor, Transport for London and the Met Police to deliver real improvements for the lives of Brent & Harrow residents.”

Labour – Navin Shah

Labour candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Navin Shah
Labour candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Navin Shah

Navin has lived in the area for over 40 years with his wife, daughter and son who were both educated at local schools.

“Harrow has so much potential and a great reputation. As your Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, I’ll continue to hold surgeries locally and carry on having weekly conversations with local residents and community leaders – at local meetings, by telephone and on the doorstep.

The skills and experience I have gained will ensure I continue to be an effective voice for our community in City Hall.”

Green Party – Jafar Hassan

Green candidate for the 2016 Harrow and Brent GLA elections, Jafar Hassan
Green candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Jafar Hassan

“The gap between house prices and wages is widening throughout North West London. New luxury apartment blocks are being built around Harrow and especially Brent, seemingly for the benefit of overseas property investors, not the local community who are being priced out of their homes.

“It's time to give London back to Londoners by putting resources and staff into supporting community-led housing schemes.

“Like many of my neighbours in Brent and Harrow, I don't always commute into an office and sometimes I run or cycle to work.

“The cost of travel in London is hugely unfair for those living in the zones around Brent and Harrow, especially for those who can't always benefit from the savings on a monthly or annual season ticket.

“The Greens will help to level the playing field and make transport fairer and more equal for Londoners by introducing a completely flat structure by 2025.

“Part timers would benefit from a daily cap which matches what people save on a monthly travelcard."

Liberal Democrats – Anton Georgiou

Lib Dem candidate for the 2016 Harrow and Brent GLA elections, Anton Georgiou
Lib Dem candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Anton Georgiou

Anton was born in Brent in 1994, and lives with his mother and two younger sisters in Dudden Hill. He is currently studying for a BA in Global Politics and International Relations.

“He has highlighted the neglect residents have suffered in his area under Labour- run Brent Council. He has helped to set up initiatives like, ‘Clean Up Neasden’ and is spearheading a community campaign to ‘Save Community Shops’ in the area.

Anton recently set up the community action group BrentRefugeeAction in response to the ongoing refugee crisis. The issue is very personal for Anton, as his grandparents, mother and two aunts are themselves refugees from Cyprus.

Anton fundamentally believes in the power of people to make a difference in their local communities. Liberalism for Anton is all about equality, and giving all people, no matter their background, the opportunity to succeed.

As the youngest GLA candidate in London, Anton is keen to be a champion for young people in the capital, especially on the issue of housing."

UK Independence Party – Rathy Alagaratnam

UKIP candidate for the 2016 Harrow and Brent GLA elections, Rathy Alagaratnam
UKIP candidate for the 2016 Brent and Harrow GLA elections, Rathy Alagaratnam

“The GLA candidate has to be the eyes and ears of Londoners and in this case the people of Brent and Harrow. I will not flinch from addressing these important issues.

“The chronic housing shortage in the Mayor's London Plan does not speak of UK net population having grown by over 300,000 people. Housing is a major issue with demand vastly outstripping supply.

“This creates a number of issues, notwithstanding the abhorrent profiteering we are seeing within the private rental sectors but also a unsustainable level pressure on London borough councils who are seeing social housing stocks dwindling, a lack of new social or affordable properties being built and delivered to the market.

"The social housing list is growing and UKIP will put local people first with a new five-year minimum residency requirement.

“Public services must not be cut to pay for the mistakes of bankers and other big business interests that do not pay their fair share of personal or corporate tax.”

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