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Former Lib Dem candidate switches sides

PUBLISHED: 17:54 01 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:09 07 September 2010

A former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate has switched sides to join the Conservatives. Norsheen Bhatti, who ran for the Lib Dems in Brent East in 2001, has moved to the Tories. The area she campaigned in moves into the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency

A former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate has switched sides to join the Conservatives.

Norsheen Bhatti, who ran for the Lib Dems in Brent East in 2001, has moved to the Tories.

The area she campaigned in moves into the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the next general election and Ms Bhatti will be campaigning for Conservative Chris Philip instead of the Lib Dem nominee Ed Fordham.

Ms Bhatti said: One of the things which prompted me to change was the fact that David Cameron is committed to making sure that the party reflects all parts of the UK's diverse communities.

"As a woman from an ethnic minority background, this is very important to me. The Lib Dems have simply not done enough on this issue. The Lib Dems can talk about equality but when it comes down to practice very rarely do they practice what they preach. It is vital that we have a Government which takes ethnic minority representation seriously.

"Local Conservative campaigner Chris Philp would make a strong and great local MP.

"It is time for change in this country and I believe that Cameron's Conservatives have the answers we need.


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