Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats are prepared to hit the ground running for the snap election sought by Prime Minister Theresa May in an announcement this morning and expected to be backed by the House of Commons in a vote tomorrow.
The two constituencies in the borough will be fought by experienced local campaigners, with Elaine Bagshaw standing for Poplar and Limehouse and Will Dyer running in Bethnal Green and Bow.
In an election that the Prime Minister has pitched as a vote of confidence in her government’s ability to deliver a Brexit that benefits the country, strongly remain-voting areas like Tower Hamlets will be looking for ways to send a message to the Conservatives that they are not in favour of cutting all ties to Europe and to express their disgust at the rise in racism and xenophobia since the referendum.
The Labour party, including local MP Jim Fitzpatrick, voted with the Conservatives to trigger Article 50 and failed to insert amendments into the Bill to protect the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK and retain membership of the single market.
Elaine Bagshaw, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Poplar and Limehouse said:
“This election is our opportunity to put the brakes on the Tories damaging hard Brexit. Corbyn's Labour have failed to do their job as an opposition.
“Only the Liberal Democrats can stop the Tories winning a majority. If you believe in a country that is open, tolerant and United then this is your chance to vote for that future”
Will Dyer, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bethnal Green and Bow said:
“The Labour Party are falling apart and Tower Hamlets voters need an MP that is able to offer a united front against Brexit. With more and more local residents on the housing waiting list and rising child poverty, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to help the people that Labour have neglected.
“This election is a spectacular U-turn for Theresa May’s government and she is taking a massive gamble with the country. The Liberal Democrats are the only party that can stop both a Hard Brexit and a Conservative majority.”
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said:
“If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.”