IN THE week that leading Leave campaigners, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, confirmed they were dropping their pledge for £350 million a week for the NHS following the vote to leave the EU, local Lib Dems have selected their parliamentary candidates in case of a snap election.
Merton Lib Dems have confirmed Carl Quilliam as their prospective parliamentary candidate for Wimbledon and Claire Mathys as their candidate for Mitcham and Morden.
On being selected Carl Quilliam said:
“This week we have seen one of the key planks of the Leave campaign - £350 million for the NHS – simply fall apart. It’s becoming clearer by the day that we voted to leave the EU but we didn’t vote for a destination. Yet the Conservative government refuses to give MPs a say on what Brexit means and despite 72% of Wimbledon residents voting to Remain in the EU our local MP is leaving us voiceless.
“Whether or not there is an election in the next 12 months, I will stand up for the voters of Wimbledon and campaign to retain the closest possible relationship with the EU and protect the rights of EU citizens. Above all the government must prioritise access to the EU single market that is vital for jobs and prosperity here in Wimbledon and across the UK.”
On being selected Claire Mathys said:
“I’m delighted to be selected to fight for the Lib Dems in the case of a snap election. It’s increasingly clear that both the government and the Labour party remain bitterly divided over Europe following the referendum.
“Almost 3 months after the vote to leave the EU we are still no clearer when we will leave or what the government think that will look like. Mitcham and Morden voted decisively to stay in the EU and as the candidate for the only united and unashamedly pro-european party I will do everything I can to hold our MP and the Government to account.
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.