Chipping Barnet Labour candidate launches election campaign

Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy attended an event with local volunteers to support Dan Tomlinson’s bid to defeat sitting MP Theresa Villiers reports David Floyd

Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy with Labour candidate for Chipping Barnet Dan Tomlison
David Lammy (r) with Dan Tomlison – (Credit – Dan for Chipping Barnet)

David Lammy says he would be “thrilled” to see Dan Tomlinson elected as Labour MP for Chipping Barnet.

The shadow foreign secretary was speaking at a meeting of Labour activists in New Barnet where Tomlinson officially launched his campaign to unseat incumbent Conservative Theresa Villiers.

Speaking at the event Lammy, who represents Tottenham in the House of Commons, explained why he believes a Labour government is necessary saying: “Whether it is our schools that are falling apart with standards plummeting, or our health service on its knees with waiting lists at record levels, a Labour government will deliver the change that is needed to bring about a better future for the people of Barnet.”

He added, “Dan is a hardworking and deeply committed candidate and I would be thrilled to see him elected to Parliament.”

In his speech, Dan Tomlinson said he would address the issues faced by local residents, saying “Labour can deliver a better Barnet for working people. Together, we will tackle crime, strengthen our NHS and grow our economy so that families are better off. This election year we have an opportunity to vote for change and bring back a politics of integrity and service to the country.”

While the Chipping Barnet seat has been held by the Conservatives since its creation in 1974, it has been a major Labour target at recent elections. 

Tomlinson, who was selected last year, is aiming to overturn Villiers’ 2019 majority of 1,212 which followed an even narrower 353-vote win 2017. National polling suggests that Labour should be on course to win in most marginal seats however boundary changes may improve the Conservatives’ prospects – and Villiers has been campaigning hard on local issues, in ways which have attracted support from some local voters and opposition from others.

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