Prospective parliamentary candidates Luke Parker (Brent North), Alan Mendoza (Brent Central), Bob Blackman (Harrow East), and Hannah David (Harrow  West) of the Conservative party visited Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury on Sunday 26th April to talk through their vision of a future Britain.

In the lead up to one of the most pivotal and unpredictable general elections in recent history, the candidates presented their party manifesto and encouraged young members of the community in particular to vote and have their say on 7 May. They also praised the beautiful construction of the new Mandir and acknowledged the important contribution made by the Kingsbury Mandir community and the wider Hindu community.

Later, the candidates participated in a Q&A session with members of the Mandir and wider community. A fascinating and lively debate covered a range of local, national and even international issues including bin collections; pest control; residential and commercial property; pressures on public services; infrastructure and transport; coalition politics and the merits of an EU referendum. It was an invaluable opportunity to understand the choices we have in this election – thank you to everyone who took part.

On Sunday 3 May, the congregation will hear from the Labour party and again have the opportunity to challenge them on their manifesto pledges. Please come along to have your say. Ensure your voice is heard. Make it count.