General Election Launch
PRESS RELEASE - Sutton Liberal Democrats
Lib Dems launch major campaign to win back Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park
Over the weekend Liberal Democrats launched their campaign to win back the Sutton & Cheam constituency, with Hina Bokhari chosen to be the party’s candidate.
Hina’s husband Martin and her two children were born in St Helier Hospital. During a 20 year long teaching career Hina worked in some of Sutton’s schools and will already be known to many local families. Hina also started an educational charity to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
As a councillor, Hina has been campaigning to fight police station closures, oppose Tory cuts to school funding, and give the public the final say on any Brexit deal.
Her campaign launch on Sutton high street was led by the party’s deputy leader Sir Ed Davey MP, along with Sutton & Cheam’s former Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow, and neighbouring MP Tom Brake.
Party leader Jo Swinson and former leaders Vince Cable and Tim Farron all published their own video messages backing the campaign.
Commenting, Hina Bokhari said:
“I am delighted to become the Liberal Democrat candidate to win back Sutton & Cheam constituency, and we had a fantastic launch for our campaign on Sutton High Street, with so many members of the public joining in. Our area has been let down by an invisible Tory MP who repeatedly backs cuts to our local services. I will be campaigning on key issues that local residents have raised with me, such as Tory Government cuts to our schools, policing and council services. People across Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park deserve someone who will be their champion and I look forward to leading the fight to become the Liberal Democrat MP they deserve.”
Liberal Democrats are currently riding high in national polls and also won in Sutton’s European elections with 34% of the vote, beating the Conservatives, Labour and Brexit Party.
Sutton & Cheam was a Liberal Democrat-held seat from 1997 to 2015, represented by former health minister Paul Burstow.