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Liberal Democrats announce General Election candidates for Beckenham, Bromley and Orpington

24/4/17

Following the announcement of a snap General Election to be held on the 8th of June, Bromley Liberal Democrats have selected three local candidates to stand in the parliamentary constituencies in the Bromley Borough. The Liberal Democrats have now selected candidates in over 90% of constituencies across the UK.

Julie Ireland PPC

Julie Ireland will stand in the Beckenham constituency. An IT consultant, she has lived in West Wickham for 25 years. She is a single Mum with two children, and is acutely aware of the financial pressures on families and young people.

Julie commented:

"Housing and health are two major issues that bring families to crisis point. I'm determined to speak out in favour of imaginative and progressive policies to bring long-term change to the lives and future of a generation that seems to have been forgotten.

"When the UK voted to leave the EU I felt that the open, diverse, outward looking, tolerant country I loved was disappearing from my life and the lives of my children. This general election is a wonderful opportunity to give a voice to the majority of people in Beckenham who voted Remain in the referendum, as well as the many Leave voters who did not intend that their vote would lead to a hard Brexit. I want to speak out for them."

Alex Feakes Lewisham West and Penge candidate 2015

Alex Feakes will stand in the Orpington constituency. Alex is a physics teacher at Bullers Wood school in Chislehurst, having entered teaching after 15 years working in business as an accountant and finance director. He stood previously for the Beckenham constituency, and served as a councillor for eight years, and as a secondary school governor for nine years.

Alex commented:

"Many people feel distant from and unheard by their current representation in Parliament. The Conservatives seem determined to make Britain suffer the worst possible outcomes from leaving the EU, pursuing minority interests destined to benefit the few at the expense of the many.

At the same time Labour are heading down an historical cul-de-sac, sacrificing the pursuit of a better society, with the many complexities and compromises that might need, for the comfort of a political purity that will help no one. The Liberal Democrats are clear: we will fight to stop Britain's exit from EU, which will be so damaging to the life chances of so many in our country, and at the very least will give you a say over the final terms.

"We are the only party to have their sights set on building a better country for all, from free trade to better schooling, and from fairly-funded health care to affordable housing."

Sam Webber

Sam Webber will stand in the Bromley & Chislehurst constituency. Sam stood for this constituency in the 2015 and 2010 general elections and is well known in the area. He has lived in Bromley all his life. Sam is currently a Senior Communications Consultant for the news website PoliticsHome. He is a member of Amnesty International and the Electoral Reform Society.

Sam commented:

"Thousands of residents in Bromley & Chislehurst are employed in sectors that will be directly affected by the hard Brexit being pursued by Theresa May, including financial services and health. Who is speaking up for them?

"Even Leave voters did not vote for the economic instability and the consequent damage to public services that are the inevitable outcome of the policies of this disastrous Conservative Government."



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