A FORMER councillor ousted in the last election will stand for the Tories in the Kenton by-election.

Suresh Kansagra served Barnhill for 12 years before he was swept away by a wave of Labour support that turned the once Conservative ward red.

He now hopes to return to local politics on the Tory ticket in the Kenton ward by-election, organised following the death of Councillor Arthur Steel who lost his fight against cancer on New Years Day.

Cllr Steel's wife was the first person to sign Mr Kansagra's nomination papers.

Mr Kansagra said: “Cllr Steel was a fantastic and hard-working ward councillor who served the residents of Kenton selflessly for 37 years.

“He will be sorely missed. It is a great privilege to have been selected for this by-election and I will continue to work just as hard as him to ensure Kenton remains one of the best wards in the borough.”

He told the Harrow Times he believed the planned closure of six out of 12 Brent libraries and cuts made by Brent Council's Labour administration were at the top of the list of priorities for residents.