The Liberal Democrats have announced their prospective Parliamentary Candidates to contest seats in Newham at the next general election: Michael Fox will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for East Ham and Eimear O’Casey will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for West Ham
Local Party Chair, James Rumsby, welcomed the candidate selection:
“We will stand across Newham constituencies as the strongest pro-remain party, campaigning to oppose Brexit and the damaging impact it will have on our local schools, hospital and businesses. We are proud to offer voters who want to Stop Brexit a clear option at the ballot box whenever the next election is held. In Michael and Eimear, we have two strong candidates who are determined to deliver for local people on the big issues our country faces, from challenging Brexit to championing education and our NHS”.
The Liberal Democrats will enter the next election as the strongest anti-Brexit party in the country. Earlier this year, the party topped the polls in London at the European Elections, beating both Labour and Conservative candidates across the capital.
In recent months, the Liberal Democrats have welcomed a string of high profile MPs defecting from other parties, including London MP Chuka Umunna who will be standing in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency.
Newham has one of the highest rates of knife crime of any London borough. The Liberal Democrats will fight to properly resource youth and mental health services to protect young and vulnerable people and keep our communities safe. The Liberal Democrats will also campaign to improve air quality in the borough, through a nationwide policy to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and the introduction of statutory recycling targets.
Michael Fox, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for East Ham, said:
“Our immediate priority must be stopping Brexit and its damaging effects which would hit areas like East Ham the hardest. At this election we must also address the need to make our streets safer, by providing young people with opportunities, and solve the housing crisis which stops so many from affording a home.”
Eimear O’Casey, Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for West Ham, said:
“I care about making West Ham a fairer and more prosperous place to live and work. To achieve this I will always back policy guided by evidence and compassion. I have a positive and progressive vision for my local area that includes embracing our diversity, making our streets safer and creating equal opportunity for all.”
About the candidates
Michael lives in Beckton and works as a project manager in the construction industry, delivering social and affordable homes across the city, including in the successful Royal Albert Wharf development in the local area.
Working in construction and living in the private rental sector himself, Michael understands the impact of the housing crisis on East Ham and will work in Parliament to end it - everybody deserves a safe, secure and affordable home.
After studying biology at Durham University, Michael worked as an administrator in the NHS before joining the Royal Navy. During his time in the Navy, Michael trained for a year at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and became a commissioned officer which saw him deployed twice to the Middle East and on security operations for the London 2012 Olympics.
Eimear has lived in East London for six years. Eimear is a magistrate (justice of the peace) in the area, sitting at courts in Stratford and Bow and is a passionate advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. Experience in the magistrate's court has made Eimear extremely conscious of the devastation that violence and knife crime can cause to all those touched by it.
In her day job, Eimear advises organisations about corruption and other risks in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Eimear has been a Liberal Democrat for nearly a decade, but like many it was Brexit that turned her into a campaigner. She also chairs the East London branch of the People’s Vote campaign group, engaging with constituents to give the population a chance to have a Final Say, and Stop Brexit.