Our general election candidate, Sara Kumar, produced the following statement for the Newham Recorder's piece on the general election candidates but it had to be cut down to fit the space available. Here is the full version:
Born and raised in London by immigrant parents, I currently work at the Centre for Social Justice and run my own online business. I have long been involved with various charities and in local politics.
The welfare of animals and protecting the environment are important matters that I advocate.
To simply put it, we need more affordable housing. Too many people struggle with high rents and poor housing. I will work tirelessly to ensure that we build more affordable, attractive homes that are fit for individuals and families.
Transport continues to struggle; the services are overcrowded and Crossrail has been delayed. I will push for better services across buses, tube and DLR.
Small businesses are key to our economy, they create jobs and pay taxes that fund public services. I will fight against unfair regulations that punish local entrepreneurs.
I support the investment of additional resources for the local NHS and the Metropolitan Police. It is vital that we recognise those who are marginalised in society. I will use my influence to highlight the areas where I can give people the chance to thrive and develop, bringing opportunity for all. If elected, I will serve the whole of West Ham, who can rely on me to raise their issues in Parliament.