Students and staff at Ealing Green College were excited to meet Ealing North MP, James Murray on Friday 28 February 2020 as part of a question and answer session. James Murray MP also met with West London College’s CEO and Principal, Karen Redhead OBE, and took time out to tour the facilities at the college.
James Murray MP was elected to Parliament for the first time in the most recent General Election in December 2019, and he told the students about the nerve-wracking experience of delivering his maiden speech. He explained that he wanted the House of Commons to become more inclusive so that anyone could feel comfortable there and see themselves as potentially becoming an MP. Prior to becoming an MP, Mr Murray MP served as Deputy Mayor for Housing to the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.
In the question and answer session with students, James described one of his greatest passions in politics is the desire to bring truly affordable housing and rents to his constituents. Some of his current top priorities also include defending Ealing Hospital against spending cuts and keeping young people safe.
James Murray MP said: “As an MP I don’t have one boss, I have 80-90,000 bosses. You are young people in Ealing and I want you to tell me what’s important to you so that I can represent you well.”
The students asked questions ranging from how he will make housing affordable, how he will keep young people safe, how Brexit will affect them, and as well as commenting on the high cost of university tuition fees, they asked James what his overall goal is in politics.
He explained that he will campaign to build council houses and legislation to fix fair rents. He described avoiding school exclusions as a major aspect of keeping young people safe. He told the students that tuition fees were a political choice and confirmed that the UK has now left the EU and explained what will happen during the transition period.
In terms of his overall goal, he replied that he wants to be a successful MP by effectively representing his constituents.