Elaine Bagshaw and Teena Lashmore won the nominations on Thursday night to be the Liberal Democrat candidates for Poplar & Limehouse and Bethnal Green & Bow at the May 2015 General Election.
Elaine Bagshaw, 29, a project manager at the Financial Conduct Authority, living in Poplar follows in the footsteps of Jonathan Fryer who gained 5,209votes in 2010.
Elaine has worked in the constituency for over six years at the Financial Conduct Authority, and has lived in Poplar for just over two years. She is passionate about increasing the amount of affordable homes in the area, and as the first in her family to go to University is an advocate for the transformative power of education.
Teena Lashmore, from the neighbouring borough of Hackney works in resettling and transforming the lives of those release from prisons and detention centres, follows Ajmal Masroor who gained 10,210 votes in 2010.
Teena works in offices across London, including Tower Hamlets, and is passionate about reforming our criminal justice system. She is currently finishing her PhD, exploring how justice can be managed so that corporations have to do more to invest in crime prevention, rather than constantly taking money out of our communities.
Local Party chair, Stephen Clarke said today: “Elaine and Teena are both huge assets to Tower Hamlets, with their values and dedication. They will be able to lend a distinct voice to the real people of the borough as opposed to the vicious infighting between Tower Hamlets Labour and Mayor Lutfur Rahman’s Tower Hamlets First who are both only interested in their own agendas. Local people can count on them both to fight for their interests as the election approaches.
Teena Lashmore said today: “I’m thrilled to be selected as the parliamentary candidate for Bethnal Green & Bow. We need a clear voice of sensible politics that reflects the needs and wants of local people, rather than small interest groups. I’m here to make sure that the views of the whole community in Bethnal Green & Bow are heard in this election.”
Elaine Bagshaw said today: “It’s an honour to be selected as your candidate for Poplar & Limehouse. I stand on the issues that matter to local people: increasing the amount of affordable homes in the area; investing in education and keeping taxes down for the lower paid. I’ll be fighting this election on these issues.”