Search

Camden, Brent and Haringey Lib Dems tell voters they will stop ‘disastrous hard Brexit’

PUBLISHED: 12:07 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:24 20 April 2017

Dawn Barnes, centre, is standing in Hornsey and Wood Green.       Picture: Lib Dems

Dawn Barnes, centre, is standing in Hornsey and Wood Green. Picture: Lib Dems

Archant

Camden, Haringey and Brent Liberal Democrats have said only their candidates can “change the direction” of the country – and potentially even “halt” Brexit entirely.

Stephen Crosher.               Picture: Stephen Crosher Stephen Crosher. Picture: Stephen Crosher

Holborn and St Pancras candidate Stephen Crosher, Hampstead and Kilburn hopeful Kirsty Allan and Hornsey and Wood Green’s Dawn Barnes have all put the European Union at the fore as their campaigns for the June 8 general election begin.

Stephen Crosher – who is also standing as the party’s candidate for the Gospel Oak by-election on May 4 – addressed “those who want to protect our local economy” by staying in the EU single market and said: “This is your chance.”

He added: “The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.

“[We are] the only party that embraces the cultural diversity we enjoy in Camden and has a positive vision for the future.”

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. John Stillwell/PA Wire Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street, London, announcing a snap general election on June 8. John Stillwell/PA Wire

He also inverted a sentiment popular with the Leave campaign about “taking the country back” from Brussels control.

“We want to take our country forward, not back,” he said.

Kirsty Allan, who stood as the party’s candidate for Westminster North in the 2015 general election, said voting Lib Dem is a chance to prevent a “disastrous hard Brexit”.

She added: “This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Camden to change the direction of our country.

Catherine West MP Catherine West MP

“Sufficient votes for the Lib Dems nationally could even halt the process entirely.”

Ms Allan also stressed that the people of Camden “voted decisively to remain in the EU”, and “certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brext that Theresa May has imposed on us”.

She added that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, however, have “remorselessly backed” Britain’s departure from the EU.

In Haringey, meanwhile, Dawn Barnes is set to go against Labour’s Catherine West – who, like Ms Siddiq, voted against the triggering of Article 50.

Ms Barnes, who went against David Cameron in his Whitney constituency in 2010, echoed her colleagues in saying the Lib Dems are the “real opposition” to the Conservatives and the only party fighting for an “open, tolerant and united” Britain.

She added: “People in Hornsey and Wood Green voted decisively to remain in the EU, and certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.

“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the single market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is your chance.”

The seat was previously held by Lynne Featherstone, who was part of the Lib Dem-Conservative coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Stories

21 minutes ago

Arsene Wenger’s foe-turned-friend Sir Alex Ferguson has paid his own tribute to the departing Arsenal boss.

49 minutes ago

Gooner Fanzine editor Kevin Whitcher has been one of Arsene Wenger’s fiercest critics over the last decade. Read on as he shares his thoughts on a momentous day at Arsenal.

13:27

With the news that Arsene Wenger has left the club, Arsenal reporter Layth Yousif recalls the day the Frenchman was announced as the North London giants manager in September 1996.

The Lilywhites take on Manchester United this weekend looking to reach their first FA Cup final since 1991

12:27

Arsene Wenger has announced he will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season. Read on to find out who the bookies think will be the next manager of the North London giants.

With the news Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season tributes have already been flooding in from the football world after what will soon be an end of an era.

11:17

Arsene Wenger has announced he is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season. The long-serving Gunners boss will surely be recognised for transforming the club and English football. He also used to be renowned for his bon mots and interesting quotes. Read our ten favourite ones here.

11:01

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has released as statement explaining the reasons why Arsene Wenger has left the club. Read on for more.

PROMOTED CONTENT

After over 50 years in the acting industry, and a decade of unprecedented success delivering outstanding part-time performing arts tuition at her weekend Academies across the country, Pauline Quirke returns to her roots to create even more opportunities for young performers in North London.

Breaking news

10:07

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, which will end an association of more than two decades with the North London giants.

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate stories

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now