Saturday, April 22, 2017

Richard Clare, Liberal Democrat
- #IlfordNorth #GE2017

Intro: All known candidates for the Ilford North constituency in the 2017 General Election have been offered 400 words on this blog. They will be published if and when they are received. Click the GE2017 label below to see all in one view. We also have Hustings on May 25th.

Redbridge Liberal Democrats have announced that local resident Richard Clare will stand for them in the snap General Election announced this week.

Richard, who stood in the constituency two years ago, said: “I’ve lived in Redbridge my whole life and I’m honoured to have been selected with so much support from the party and look forward to making the case for liberalism here where I grew up.”

Richard said: "When the Liberal Democrats left Government in 2015, we left the UK with a strong and growing economy, standing proud on the international stage. Look how things have changed in two years - we have a Tory government in thrall to its own far-right MPs, set on scrapping human rights, forcing investment out of Britain and shrugging its shoulders at the growing NHS crisis. They have a slender majority so a competent, united opposition could hold them to account, but they’ve been allowed to run rampant under Jeremy Corbyn’s feeble leadership.

"In 2015, the people of Ilford North put their trust in the Labour party and look at what’s happened. Wes Streeting has voted against investigations into the illegal Iraq war and voted for the ‘Snoopers Charter’ that allows government mass-surveillance. Worst of all, he’s signed up to the Tories’ right-wing ‘hard Brexit’ agenda and voted with the Government to trigger article 50, even though the people of Redbridge voted to remain in the EU. Time after time, local people have been let down by Labour."

On whether the Liberal Democrats were a serious force in this election, Rich said: “Absolutely. 48% of the country voted to remain in the European Union and many of the 52% that voted to leave don’t want this right-wing hard Brexit where Britain gets dragged out of the single market, customs union and European Court of Human Rights. If enough of those people back me in Ilford North and other Liberal Democrats around the country, then we’ll win and we can show the world that Britain’s still open for business.”

Richard said that the key themes of his campaign would be “Halting ‘hard Brexit’, protecting local NHS services, taking mental health seriously and delivering more investment in schools.”

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