Karen Buck MP ready to defend Westminster North seat against Tories in general election
The marginal constituency is number 22 on the target list for the Conservative party
21 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
Karen Buck has been an MP since 1997
WESTMINSTER North MP Karen Buck says she is up for a “tough fight” after the Conservative party set their sights firmly on the marginal constituency.
The Labour MP, who held the seat with a majority of 1,977 at the 2015 election, has vowed to do everything she can to win again after prime minister Theresa May called a snap general election for June 8.
She said: “I will fight this campaign as someone passionately committed to this community and to championing its interests and also as someone who remains committed to a positive and open relationship with Europe.”
“Westminster North was a target for them in 2010 and they worked very hard to take the seat in 2015 as well. Obviously it is going to be a tough fight as it is a marginal seat but I will do all in my power to keep it Labour.”
Ms Buck has been an MP since 1997, originally for Regent’s Park and Kensington North, which became Westminster North only in 2010.
She added: “Given the frequency with which Theresa May said there would not be an election, I am a little surprised, and I suspect it reflects government fears about where the Brexit negotiations are going.”
Westminster Labour group leader Cllr Adam Hug said he was proud to support Ms Buck. “She has a fantastic track record of standing up for local people. Karen Buck has helped thousands of people over the years and is one of the hardest working people in politics.”
Cllr Lindsey Hall
Westminster North is listed as number 22 on a list of target seats for the Conservatives. Malcolm Wilson, chairman of Westminster North Conservatives, said: “We very much welcome the election as a chance to elect a Conservative MP for Westminster North. We are delighted at the prospect of it. It is only small majority against us.”
The Conservatives have not yet confirmed who the candidate for the constituency will be, but the West End Extra understands Cllr Lindsey Hall, who ran two years ago, will be nominated.
She said: “I would be honoured to be again selected as the candidate for Westminster North. I can think of no more exciting challenge than to once again take on Karen Buck and comrade Corbyn to ensure the people of Westminster North do actually get heard by our prime minister as I represent their best interests over the next five challenging years.”
The Liberal Democrat candidate is Alex Harding, who in 2015 was the chair of Liberal Youth. Westminster North Conservatives group member, Maida Vale councillor Thomas Crockett, said he was “looking forward to seeing Westminster North turn blue on the political map”, adding: “I’ve spoken to life-long Labour voters who will vote Conservative for the first time ever and know more who understandably just cannot bring themselves to vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and the chaos it represents currently.”
Cities of London and Westminster MP, Conservative Mark Field, who holds a majority of 9,671, was not available for comment as he was away on party business in Iceland. The Labour Party are yet to choose their candidate while Liberal Democrat Bridget Fox will be standing for the seat.