In a joint statement, the Lib Dem parliamentary team for Wimbledon and Mitcham & Morden have said that only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local economy.
The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on the 8th June.
The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the Single Market, and to give the British people the final say on the Brexit deal through a referendum.
Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Wimbledon, Carl Quilliam commented:
“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Merton to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.
“People across Merton - and Wimbledon particularly - voted decisively to remain in the EU. They certainly did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour. The amazing Lib Dem victory in the Richmond Park by-election in December shows that people do not want this and will vote against it.
“In Wimbledon, our Conservative MP has left his "Remain" voting constituents voiceless - voting against our membership of the Single Market & against the rights of EU citizens living & working here.
"The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Hard Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united."
Claire Mathys, Parliamentary spokesperson for Mitcham & Morden added:
“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.
"Britain needs an Opposition that will really stand up to the Tories. Labour is simply not up to the job."
For Claire and Carl's comments on being selected as Lib Dem candidates for a snap General Election, see here.
About Carl Quilliam
Carl grew up in Leeds and now lives in Wimbledon with his partner Giorgia.
He is a former civil servant and moved to London in 2011 where he has worked in several roles in local government and the third sector. As a civil servant Carl promoted investment for major infrastructure projects such as offshore wind and high speed broadband. Carl has also worked directly for councillors in London supporting campaigns on local housing, education and transport.
Carl currently works for one of London’s largest housing associations and supports efforts to build more affordable homes and protect investment in social care services.
As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Wimbledon, he will work and campaign to ensure everyone can get on in life, that’s why his priorities are to:
- Campaign for the UK to retain the closest possible relationship with the EU, including membership of the single market that supports jobs and investment in Wimbledon
- Fight for more and better affordable homes locally and across London
- Support more investment in social care services locally and nationally
About Claire Mathys
Claire is a South Londoner who grew up in Sutton and is a passionate campaigner for social justice.
She worked in public sector finance for several years, auditing local government, housing associations and charities. For the last six years she has worked in Parliament for the Liberal Democrats, in various roles including aide to Baroness Shirley Williams, and currently as adviser for housing, energy and environment.
Claire has been campaigning for stronger protections for private renters and urging the Government to tackle the housing crisis.
As the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mitcham and Morden, she will campaign for greater opportunities for all, including in education, health and employment. She will also fight for the right of EU citizens already here to remain in the UK.