Holborn and St. Pancras
Keir Starmer is Labour’s candidate for Holborn and St Pancras. Here is a message from Keir:
I want to introduce myself as your Labour candidate for Holborn & St. Pancras in this election. I live in Kentish Town with my wife and two young children, and I have worked in Holborn for many years. Frank Dobson has retired, having served our local area as Member of Parliament for over three decades. Frank has been an excellent, community-focused MP, and I promise to follow this example.
The son of a tool-maker and a nurse, I was lucky enough to go to university and qualify as a lawyer. Human rights dominated my work, and my most public role was as Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service from 2008 to 2013. Since I stepped down as DPP, I have been working with Doreen Lawrence on a central plank of Labour’s criminal justice strategy – a victims’ law – which builds on my experience in tackling violence against women and girls and child sexual abuse.
As a vibrant and diverse community, Holborn and St. Pancras reflects everything that is great about London. But I know that ever increasing inequality, inadequate housing and pressure on our local services caused by Tory cuts are very real issues.
HS2 is also a real threat. I have made clear that I do not consider that the economic or the environmental case has been made for HS2 and it would have real implications for our local community. If the scheme is to go ahead, I firmly believe that its main London terminus should be at Old Oak Common.
More affordable housing in London needs to be a national priority, and as your Labour MP I will work tirelessly to ensure this is the case.
This election will also determine the future of our NHS. The Tories can never be trusted with the NHS. Every vote for Labour is a vote to restore the NHS as a public service working cooperatively for patients, not a business run for profit.
This is a defining election and only Labour can deliver a fairer future for Holborn & St. Pancras.
To read more about Keir, and what he has been saying, visit www.keirstarmer.com
Hampstead and Kilburn
Tulip Siddiq is Labour’s candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn. Here is a message from Tulip:
I live in a flat in West Hampstead with my husband Chris, a short walk from my office on Kilburn High Road. My parents were married in Kilburn some forty years ago and I have spent my weekends campaigning here since I was 16, fighting to save our local hospitals, fire stations and post offices. This is the area that inspires me and that I want to represent in Parliament.
My politics are based on my experience of life in our area. I was previously a local councillor and Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities in Camden council; you can see a list of some of my roles in the local community further down this page. One of my main responsibilities in Cabinet was being in charge of our much loved community centres and libraries. In the face of huge government cuts, I worked with the community and library users to save our libraries for future generations.
Since being selected as Labour’s candidate for the 2015 General Election, it has been an honour to spend so much time with local residents. I have a team of fantastic volunteers and organisers, with whom I knock on doors and talk with residents about local issues and national political choices several times a week. As a team, we’ve been able to have more than twenty thousand conversations with locals in the last eighteen months. (If you want to join us, you’re very welcome at any time!)
Through these conversations and other channels, I have learned about many serious local issues that are causing concern. Wherever possible, I support or set up campaigns to tackle these issues. Even where all I can do is bring the issue to the attention of the right people (maybe apply a little pressure), it’s been fantastic where it works.
For instance, it is a testimony to the great work of many local campaigners that an ill-thought-out 24-storey building in Swiss Cottage was rejected. As another example, while we’ve not yet been able to stop HS2 completely, we’ve successfully fought for planning amendments and improved compensation for many Camden residents.
I grew up here and know the area well – I know we need a Labour Government to help it thrive.
To read more about Tulip, and her priorities for Hampstead and Kilburn, visit www.tulipsiddiq.com