Who's running for MP in Lewisham West and Penge at the 2017 general election?
PUBLISHED: 14:13 29 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 29 May 2017
Britain goes to the polls on June 8
With the general election just weeks away, the candidates vying for a seat in Lewisham West and Penge have been revealed.
Following a scramble to get candidates after Theresa May’s shock snap-election announcement last month, all of the country’s major parties have featured a candidate to compete for the seat for its third ever election.
Since it was created in 2010, the seat has been held by Jim Dowd, but the Labour MP has retired from politics for this election, leaving Ellie Reeves to try and keep the seat Labour red.
The candidates standing in Lewisham West and Penge for the general election on June 8 are:
· Shaun Bailey (Conservative)
Assembly member, Mr Bailey, describes himself as “listening to and working for Londoners”. If voted for he says he will deal with local issues such as schools overcrowding and funding changes, crime, healthcare, and affordable housing. He previously stood for the London consistuency of Hammersmith in the 2010 general election, and served as the prime minister’s special adviser on youth and crime from 2010-2013.
· Hoong-Wai Cheah (Ukip)
Malaysian-born Mr Cheah joined Ukip because it was “the first party with the foresight to see the destructive direction that the EU was heading in. They wanted to stand up for the interests of everyday people who were themselves not interested in politics, and were also the first party bold enough to confront issues that were too politically sensitive for the other parties to address.” The engineer, who trained at King’s College, London, said for Lewisham West and Penge issues that are of particular concern to him include “inappropriate cuts to funding of public services, increasing costs of housing, and I will campaign to limit government largesse on unnecessary projects, whilst protecting the budget of key public services.”
· Katherine Hortense (Christian Peoples Alliance)
Speaking of the party’s national manifesto Ms Hortense said “the electorates want to punish the mainstream parties for taking diability benefits away from mentally ill people, spending billions of pounds on Trident which is a weapon of mass destruction, allowing big companies like Google and Facebook to get away with paying little or no tax, and allowing 186,000 babies per year to be killed in their mother’s womb and in many cases funding it.”
· Ellie Reeves (Labour)
Ms Reeves, who is married to John Cryer the chair of the Parlimentary Labour Party, has lived in the area for most of her life, and is currently bringing her son up in the place she’s “proud to call home”. She’s a candidate for Labour because “we must reverse the damage this Tory goverment has inflicted, School funding is being slashed, living standards still haven’t recovered and we are in the middle of the worst housing crisis for generations.”
· John Russell (Liberal Democrats)
He is a previous councillor for Forest Hill from 2006-2010 and claims he was “instrumental in saving Forest Hill Library”. He’s currently chair of Wide Horisons, a national charity that provides outdoor education to over 50,000 children and young people every year, including at primary schools across Lewisham and Bromley. He is campaigning to improve rail services across south east London, and “fighting to keep Britain an open, tolerant and united place to live”.
· Karen Wheller (Green Party)
Ms Wheller joined the Green Party because she “wanted to be part of an organisation which was fighting to bring about a socialist and environmentalist inspired vision for the future.” She works as a zoo keeper, and is a member of the Bromley Trades Union Council, taking part in demonstrations in defence of worker’s rights and jobs, the privatisation of Bromley’s libraries, and keeping guards on trains. She added: “I would like the opportunity to take my battle for social and environmental justice for those of us left in the lurch by previous governments further.”
· Russell White (Populist Party)
Mr White says he’s standing to “promote the ideals of populism in the constituency” and their manifesto includes closed boarders, national independence, direct democracy - more use of referendum to let the people decide, and tougher law and order. He states that the Populist Party is the only “true worker’s party in Lewisham West and Penge”, and that he will stamp out immigration altogether stating “we’ve been too tolerant, too open and too ‘united’ with the EU.”
In 2015, Labour tightened its grip on the constituency by gaining 50.6 per cent of the votes as 48,125 residents turned out to the polling stations.
The Conservatives were second most-popular, gaining 24.2 per cent of votes while the Green Party came third with 8.5 per cent.
Ukip finished in fourth, with Liberal Democrats ending fifth after coming second in the constituency at the 2010 election.
They were followed by TUSC, independent David Hansom and Liberty GB.
Stay on our website to find out more about the candidates and for full election build-up.