Tory Suhail Rahuja: ‘Mansion tax is one of the biggest concerns in Hornsey and Wood Green’

With six weeks left until the general election, Tim Lamden speaks to the Conservative Party candidate hoping to topple Lynne Featherstone in Hornsey and Wood Green on May 7.

Suhail Rahuja is a hedge fund manager who believes a Conservative government is the only way to guarantee economic prosperity in the UK.

The 47-year-old has spent his entire career in high finance, having graduated with physics and economics degrees from Oxford University.

Cllr Rahuja, who has served as a Westminster councillor since 2006, was born to Pakistani parents who moved to the UK in the 1960s and settled in Manchester, where his father worked as a GP.

While working for the World Bank, Cllr Rahuja spent six months in Russia, which reinforced his Conservative beliefs.

“I saw the destruction caused by communism in Russia,” he said.

Cllr Rahuja, who lives in Paddington, became active for his local Conservative association in the run-up to the 2001 general election.

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He stood in Manchester Central constituency at the last general election and was heavily defeated by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

He believes the two biggest issues on the minds of Hornsey and Wood Green residents are the mansion tax and the economy.

“Hornsey and Wood Green is going to be the epicentre of the mansion tax,” he said.

Under Labour, Cllr Rahuja says the country was led into a financial crisis and he credits the Tories for economic recovery.

“You only have to go to the continent to see how bad economic policies can lead to stagnation and unemployment,” he said. “That hasn’t been the case for London.”