Krupesh Hirani has been selected by the Labour Party to contest the Brent and Harrow London Assembly seat at the upcoming London elections in May. The selection was triggered after Navin Shah, the sitting London Assembly Member for the area announced that he was stepping down from the role. Shah had served as the GLA member for 12 years and will not be contesting the 2020 elections.
Krupesh is currently serving his third term at Brent Council and overseeing Brent’s year as the London Borough of Culture. He has also working in Harrow for the disability charity Aspire based within the grounds of the NHS Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and volunteering at the Stanmore Hindu temple.
Now, as part of his selection campaign, he has pledged to be a representative for all communities in Brent and Harrow. Although not a member of any factional group within the Labour Party, such as Momentum, he was backed by a broad range of Brent and Harrow based politicians including Dawn Butler MP, Gareth Thomas MP, the current London Assembly Member for the area Navin Shah and leaders of both Brent and Harrow Councils Cllr Muhammed Butt and Cllr Graham Henson. He was also endorsed by the Jewish Labour Movement due to his strong stance against anti-Semitism which has marred the Party in recent times. Additionally, he has also promised to set up Brent and Harrow’s first ever young people’s steering group to bring issues directly from young people in the area to the Mayor of London. Krupesh said,
“I’m delighted to be selected as Labour’s candidate in Brent and Harrow for the May 2020 London elections. It’s an honour to have the opportunity to represent my Party in the best part of the greatest city in the world; the area I have lived and worked in all of my life.
“As we move on to the elections in May, I look forward to campaigning and working hard for Brent and Harrow and retaining the seat for Labour as well as doing my bit to make sure we return Sadiq Khan as our Mayor of London.”
His selection is seen as a massive boost to Labour’s prospects of reconnecting with the Hindu community following the general decline in support for the Party. Krupesh is a practising Hindu and is well connected to key temples and community organisations across Brent and Harrow and is seen as the ideal candidate from the Labour Party to take on the mantel from Navin Shah.