The London Liberal Democrats have launched their campaign to elect Richard Flowers to the City & East Greater London Assembly seat. The constituency - which covers parts of Tower Hamlets, Newham and the City - voted heavily for pro-EU parties in the 2019 European elections in 2019 and the party believe they have a strong chance of taking the seat in the London elections next year.
Richard Flowers has lived in east London for over 20 years, having grown up in North West England, and works as an accountant. Speaking at the launch event in the City, he said “London has a terrific opportunity - it is a liberal city with liberal values. We have a real chance to build on the European elections - where the Lib Dems won in London - and see Siobhan Benita become our first Liberal Democrat Mayor. I fully support her pledge to build a kinder London and look forward to campaigning with her and working with her on the GLA.”
Richard continued “Liberal Democrat values are London values - we believe that the diverse communities who live here are a benefit, not a curse, and that nations need to work together to fight global challenges like the climate crisis.”
The City & East seat also overlaps with the Cities of London & Westminster parliamentary constituency that Chuka Umunna will contest for the Liberal Democrats in the next General Election. Richard said “As a proud Londoner I look forward to campaigning alongside Chuka to stop Brexit and bring liberal values to east London.”
Councillor Rabina Khan said:
“Richard is an exceptional choice to represent the people of east London on the GLA. He is dedicated to the Liberal Democrat values of diversity in the East End, and I look forward to working with him when he is elected.”