The deputy leader of the Green Party is to contest the Brent Central seat in the upcoming 2015 General Election.

Shahrar Ali has previously stood in the London Assembly, European and local elections but will now compete for the same Westminster seat as in 2010.

Upon being selected, he said: “The people of Brent have been let down time and time again.

“From the closure of libraries and A and E wards to the privatisation of schools and council services, all the main parties are responsible. “From the displacement of communities from social housing to the eviction of families due to the bedroom tax, all main parties are responsible.

“From the assault on civil liberties from arbitrary raids to the deplorable tactic of racist van slogans, all main parties are responsible.

Sarah Teather, who will be stepping down next year
 

“It is high time for change of the political order. I have a track record of fighting the people of Brent’s corner year in year out.”

Before getting involved in front-line politics, Mr Ali studied degrees in biochemical engineering and philosophy at the University of London.

Mr Ali said: “As MP for Brent Central, I will fight for everybody’s right to a decent life – education, health and meaningful work – and an economy that doesn’t shortchange the planet every time we buy more than we need.”

Incumbent Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather will be stepping down after her term expires in May, with her own party putting forward Ibrahim Taguri to fill her shoes, while former MP Dawn Butler will be the Labour candidate.

Mrs Butler got 18,681 votes in 2010 but was beaten by Mrs Teather’s 20,026. Mr Ali came fourth with 668 votes.