Chingford and Woodford Green candidate pitches (2024)

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Once deemed a Conservative safe seat, Chingford and Woodford Green has become one of the most marginal seats in the country.

The Tory right-winger Norman Tebbit represented the old Chingford seat from 1974 until 1992 when he was succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith.

The Chingford and Woodford Green seat was created in 1997, with Duncan Smith holding it at every election since.

In 2019, he was almost toppled by Faiza Shaheen, who was just 1,262 votes short. Labour, this time represented by Brent councillor Shama Tatler, poses a strong challenge to Duncan Smith again this year.

Media attention in the run-up to the election on 4th July has been focused on the internal squabbles in the Labour Party and political fallout following Shaheen’s deselection by Labour and her subsequent run as an independent candidate.

Also vying for votes in Chingford and Woodford Green are the Liberal Democrats’ Josh Hadley, and the Reform Party’s Paul Luggeri.

Below, five of the six candidates for Chingford and Woodford Green make a pitch for your vote.

The Green Party candidate Chris Brody was suspended shortly before the election. He will still appear on the ballot but he did not send a pitch.

Josh Hadley, Liberal Democrats

Chingford and Woodford Green candidate pitches (2)

I live and work in Waltham Forest with my wife and two kittens. I am an IT consultant specialising in advising local authorities on modernisation and innovation.

Chingford and Woodford Green is a wonderful place but it can be better and more comfortable for the people who live here.

If elected, I will fight for better funded public services and a significant and genuine allocation towards social housing. If there’s going to be a social housing allocation, it has to be real and it has to be affordable and it has to be accessible to people. It has to be good quality homes that people will actually be able to move into.

I’m also a big fan of reopening the Stratford to Chingford line because it would massively liberate people’s movement opportunities. At the moment, you have to sit on the 97 bus for an hour. A direct train going all the way from Stratford up to Chingford brings so many bits of the borough back together and ultimately it will succeed in taking cars off the road and making things better for those cars that do still need to be on the road.

I’m always going to be a fan of more travel options, such as more late night travel options for people. I support an expansion of the night tube to the Overground pending the results of an environmental impact assessment as we want to make sure that the impact on residential areas backing onto the lines isn’t too significant.

Paul Luggeri, Reform

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I am standing as a candidate for Parliament because I am sick to death of the way present politicians of all political stripes seem to think that the general public are there to serve them, rather than being there to question their orders.

They seem to forget that they work for us, not the other way round. This present bunch have done absolutely nothing with the huge majority they had. Ex-service personnel are left on the streets, pensioners are still struggling to survive, and on top of all this ‘illegal immigrants’ are put up in four-star hotels and given pocket money and free phones to boot. I could go on but the list is long.

I believe if one is elected to represent a body of people then it is their duty to do so faithfully and honestly. If I am lucky enough to be elected I intend to do that.

I have lived in this area for over 30 years; both my children went to Churchfields infant and junior school, then on to West Hatch High School and now they have families of their own. I believe the residents of this constituency deserve better – in fact the whole of the British public deserve better.

Faiza Shaheen, Independent

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I am the local candidate who will put Chingford and Woodford Green first. I was born here, went to school here and I’m raising my family here.

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As an independent, I will be free to stand up for the needs of residents. I won’t be tied to the ‘party line’ whether it’s building unaffordable private housing or rebuilding Whipps Cross with less beds.

Over the last 14 years the Conservatives have let us down. Labour will be in power, but if it doesn’t act, we need Independent voices who can hold the government to account.

If elected, I will mobilise local and national action for a rebuilt Whipps Cross that meets our needs. Iain Duncan Smith told us he’d secured funding for the hospital in 2019, but nothing has materialised. The issue is not just funding but ensuring that the hospital is fit for our community and that we retain the Margaret Centre end-of-life care unit.

The ongoing closure of Broadmead Bridge is a huge inconvenience. We need to stop the political blame game and lobby the central government to provide funding so that work can finally get underway.

The revitalisation of Chingford Mount is also one of my priorities. We need creative ideas to breathe life back into this once bustling high street. We must also stop any attempt to close the community library.

At a national level I will be a strong advocate for public services, including free universal early years education, green investment that maximises job creation, and peace including the ending of arms sales to countries killing innocent civilians.

Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative Party

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Thirty years ago, I became the MP for Chingford and Woodford Green. Working together with the local community, we’ve delivered on our shared priorities.

After 27 years of campaigning, we’ve secured over £350 million for the complete rebuild of Whipps Cross hospital. When Whipps was under threat of closure during a Labour government in 2007, I organised a 21,000 petition to keep it open. The building contract has been signed and work is beginning.

We want to see family homes built here in Chingford and Woodford Green, not car-free, high-rise buildings just to meet Sadiq Khan’s and the council’s own targets. That’s why I have always supported all residents who have rightly opposed over-development. If elected as your MP once again, I will continue to fight in your best interests here in Chingford and Woodford Green.

Two years ago, we became dangerously close to losing out on crucial levelling up funding for Chingford and Highams Park, all because the Labour council hadn’t submitted sufficient evidence for the bid. I submitted a more detailed bid and spoke with the government, and as a result, we secured £8.4m to regenerate our town centres, and invest in our parks and green spaces.

Whilst we have made significant progress, there is still much more to do. I believe this constituency needs someone strong enough to fight it locally, at Sadiq Khan’s office, and nationally. The only way that we can see this through is if you vote for me on Thursday 4th July.

Shama Tatler, Labour

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As a councillor, a single mum and former secondary school teacher, I’ve seen up close the terrible impact of Tory failure in our communities – and it makes me even more determined to help elect a Labour government and start to put things right.

That begins here with Whipps Cross Hospital. Conservative promises of rebuilds and refurbishments have come and gone, but working hand-in-hand with a Labour government, I will make sure the job is finally done.

I’ll use my expertise from local government to build on the brilliant work of Redbridge and Waltham Forest councils and help deliver a thriving economy after years of national stagnation under the Tories. That’s Labour’s first priority and it’s my first priority too, raising wages and supporting local businesses from George Lane to Chingford High Street.

I’ll help secure our fair share of the 13,000 extra police officers Labour will deliver nationally, and I’ll work to bring our community together, with an end to the intense, tribal politics of recent years.

But change will only come if you vote for it. So on 4th July vote Labour to stop the chaos, turn the page and start to rebuild our country.

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