Election 2017: Introducing the West Ham candidates
PUBLISHED: 18:13 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 06 June 2017
Six would-be MPs are running for the West Ham constituency, and we quizzed them on who they are, the biggest issues in the area, and why people should vote for them.
Kayode Shedowo - Christian Peoples Alliance
49-year-old Custom House resident and customer service officer
Please tell us in ONE word what the biggest local issue is for you: HOMELESSNESS
Why should people vote for you? While we largely support the approach of Theresa May to Europe, for us this election is not only about the EU. We do not support the following measures:
Taking disabled people off benefits, some of whom are mentally ill. Leaving people who apply for benefits for whatever reason with nothing for several weeks while their claim is assessed.
Spending £billions of pounds on Trident instead of having a missile shield. Wasting much of the £12bn aid budget when we should be spending it on people in refugee camps in real need. Also no aid should go to countries persecuting Christians.
Doing nothing about marriage breakdown which the government assesses is costing the nation £48 billion per year and is leaving many children damaged in broken homes.
Allowing 186,000 babies per year to be killed in their mother’s womb. We don’t just talk about helping the poor, we do it.
Lyn Brown - Labour Party
MP for West Ham since 2005
Please tell us in ONE word what the biggest local issue is for you: POVERTY
Why should people vote for you? This is my community. I have always fought your corner. I was born in Silvertown and have lived in the area my entire life.
Since first being elected, I have worked as a full-time MP, with no second job, and I hope you think I have an excellent record of representing constituent concerns in parliament.
As your re-elected Labour MP, I would continue holding the government to account for the decisions they make and pushing for a fairer future for West Ham. The Tories have given us years of falling living standards and unaffordable rent rises, continuous crises in social care and our NHS.
They are complacent about crime and now promise brutal cuts to our wonderful local schools.
I hear so many appalling stories about the struggles families face and I always do my best to defend against a government that simply doesn’t seem to care. West Ham deserves nothing less.
Michael J. Spracklin - Green Party
47-year-old Manor Park resident, IT consultant and green campaigner
Please tell us in ONE word what the biggest local issue is for you: AUSTERITY
Why should people vote for you? Voting for me, or any Green candidate, is a vote for social, economic and environmental justice.
Vote Green for housing, education and healthcare for all.
Vote Green for clean air, clean food and clean water.
Vote Green for the super rich to pay their taxes and take their losses.
Vote Green against austerity, privatisation and the greed of those who dominate our society.
Rosamund Beattie - UKIP
43-year-old Bermondsey resident and director of a not-for-profit which advises council leaseholders
Please tell us in ONE word what the biggest local issue is for you: HOUSING
Why should people vote for you?
UKIP will ensure Britain leaves the EU. It doesn’t mean expelling thousands of European citizens already here. I stand for controlled migration, giving skilled Indians and Pakistanis the same opportunities to join us in our fabulous country that they cannot have if we remain in the EU or have a soft Brexit.
I stand for a better NHS, fully funded, better schools – including technical schools – more police on our streets, a fair taxation system.
West Ham suffers from a severe housing shortage for the increasing population, with inadequate social housing provision within the massive private building programme across the borough, especially in Canning Town and Stratford.
I will work with the GLA to ensure we force the building of thousands of council homes - something Labour have utterly failed to do.
Patrick Spencer - Conservative Party
29-year-old Streatham resident and policy researcher for the Centre for Social Justice (social justice campaign group)
Please tell us in ONE word what the biggest local issue is for you: CRIME
Why should people vote for you? If elected MP for West Ham I will work to ensure that police can deal with the growing threat of knife crime, I will work with the council to build more affordable homes.
Finally I will work to support growth in West Ham.
However, never lose sight of the fact this election is about who you want as your prime minister – Theresa May who offers strong and stable leadership, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn.
As your MP I will work with Theresa May to deliver the best Brexit deal possible for the people of West Ham.
By voting Labour, you only get an opposition MP who watches from the sidelines.
Paul Reynolds - Liberal Democrats
62-year-old advisor on foreign policy and international economics who lives at the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Please tell us in ONE word what the biggest local issue is for you: HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS
Why should people vote for you? Residents of West Ham should vote for me because I am fully embedded in the local community and campaign hard for the interests of residents – the whole time, not just at elections.
My campaigns include the problems of over-crowding on West Ham match days, stopping the new road network in Olympic Park, getting step-free access at Upton Park and Plaistow tubes, tackling housing ‘corruption’ in Newham, more low-cost premises for small businesses, measures to deal better with homelessness, more vigilant protection for mosques and a reduction in NHS waiting times.
Brexit is a major problem in Newham.
Not only is it a threat to jobs but there has also been a 40 per cent rise in hate crime.
My approach is to support the reversal of Brexit, and we are the only anti-Brexit party.
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