I WISH to respond to the accusation made by Les Currington in relation to my involvement with trying to raise the profile of skills training by supporting the relocation of the Skills Centre to Feltham High Street.
He accused me of breaking a promise that I would never let the FCA go down. I do not accept this accusation. The only promise I ever made to those associated with the FCA, when I met them in person, was to listen. I understand that Mr Currington will be upset at the loss of the FCA.
However, I do think that it is important to provide evidence, such as minutes, letters or e-mails, when making accusations in the way that he has. He should also provide evidence for where I ever said that the FCA was an 'incapable organisation'.
He queried why I claimed that 99 per cent agreed with me. I actually said 'like 99 per cent of residents in Feltham and Heston I don't believe it to be a reasonable or justifiable explanation'.
This was in response to Mr Keen's justification for needing a second property.
Mr Currington and I have an honest disagreement on whether this site is appropriate for a Skills Centre. I believe it will increase the profile of skills training in the best possible way. I am especially pleased that the council is negotiating a commitment to accommodate community activities with West Thames College.
Where he and I do agree is on the importance of MPs living in the area that they represent.
I live in my Feltham North ward and, unlike the current MP, I will only wish to live within this constituency if elected as its MP. There will be no need for a second property for me.
Parliamentary candidate for Feltham & Heston