Hampstead and Kilburn general election 2015: Lib Dem Maajid Nawaz’s final word

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 May 2015

Maajid Nawaz. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

Maajid Nawaz. Picture: Nigel Sutton.

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Liberal Democrat candidate Maajid Nawaz faces a final Q&A before today’s general election in Hampstead and Kilburn.

What’s the first thing you’d do if you were elected? The first thing I would do is set my attentions to the interests of the nation by engaging in coalition negotiations.

If you were in government, what would be the first policy you’d like to introduce? The first thing I would look to address is the housing crisis. I would set myself the task of gaining cross-party consensus to appoint a secretary of state for housing, in order to oversee our nation’s urgent need to build our way out of this current crisis.

If you don’t get elected, what will you do? If I am not elected I’ll take a few days off to rest, catch up with long-neglected family, friends and work, and then focus on my continued civil society advocacy against extremism, and for liberalism.

The likely outcome is a coalition – what would be your favoured option? My favoured option would be to enter into a coalition with the largest party, as they would have a larger share of the democratic mandate from the nation.

What do you think is the most likely outcome of the election? If a coalition, between which parties? As of today, poll ratings indicate that the most likely outcome will be a very slight lead for the Conservatives over Labour. If that were to hold, then the way is clear for the Liberal Democrats to enter into a coalition deal, providing that our six red lines are met.

Who do you think will win in Hampstead and Kilburn? With 841 votes difference between the Tories, Labour and the Liberal Democrats in 2010, I really do hope that I scrape through.

Where will you be going on election night to celebrate/drown your sorrows? I’ll most probably be stuck in the counting hall all night.

What has been your favourite memory from the campaign so far? The funniest, most eccentric moment, has go to be when Ukip candidate Magnus Nielsen declared that he was a “natural Liberal Democrat” of all things!

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