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Claire Malcomson: My Address to you.

CM Cant ()

This morning I found myself writing to a concerned voter, I know there are many of you out there. Here is more or less what I wrote.

The Canterbury Liberal Democrats found themselves in a very difficult situation when Tim Walker withdrew, only 48 hours before the deadline for all nominations to be delivered. Less than three hours after his papers had been actually delivered.

Fortunately I was known by head office and was asked to step in. A Prospective Parliamentary Candidate has to go through a long process before they are approved and at such short notice there was no-one local or available to place. I accepted. After much hard work and determination from the local party my nomination papers were delivered this Thursday morning, the final day for nominations.

I do live in Surrey, however, if I was to become the Canterbury MP I am in a position to be able to move to the area very quickly. For any other vocation I'd be lauded for travelling / moving for it. It would be taken as a sign of commitment and passion for the role. Eagerness to learn and to become a part of a new team would be an asset. This is not just a job to me, it is a vocation and I am dedicated to public service and doing the most I can for people and for society.

I became a councillor 4 and half years ago, because of my deep concerns about Climate Change, and the damage that is being done to our country by the Conservative Government. This was before the Referendum, in which I campaigned vehemently in to Remain. (At present I am the Environment Cabinet Member for the Lib Dems Administration in Mole Valley ( Dorking and Leatherhead.) I help lead our LP to victory in May taking over the District Council after over 20 years. Going from 13 members to 22.

Since then:-

  • We have declared a Climate Emergency.
  • We are waiting for a carbon audit to be done for the council and it's buildings. Then we shall act accordingly. In the meantime we have...
  • Banned plastic in our vending machines.
  • Rolled out the Refill scheme across the District.
  • We are supplying water fountains in our high streets.
  • We are in the process of changing our energy suppliers to renewable energy.
  • Investing in electric cars and electric charging points.
  • Started an Environment Forum with local groups.
  • Instigated Surrey CC to work with all the boroughs and districts together, instead of piecemeal.
  • Made sure we are putting as many green initiatives into our Local Plan as is possible.

I could go on.

I hope you can see from above I am a strong, active candidate. If I were to win I would bring my energy to your constituency as an MP. I spoke with Rosie Duffield yesterday (Saturday 16th Nov) evening and she agreed that the main thing is to keep the Conservatives out.

Many Remain Conservative voters would never vote Labour. As long as there is a Lib Dem candidate there is a chance to give them an alternative way they feel happy to vote for. Despite Rosie being a Remainer, she is a member of a party that are not. Corbyn has not indicated that he would back remaining. As long as he is leader I think your 'Remain' vote could be wasted.

I understand passions are high but who is to know how each individual will choose how to use their vote? I am, as I have said, very dedicated and concerned that we stay within the European Union. I have four children who have never known anything else and I strongly believe, for many reasons, like you, that we should Remain in Europe.

After all the Liberal Democrats have been the party who have consistently and adamantly fought to Remain.

Kind regards,

Claire Malcomson

"Only the Liberal Democrats are saying Stop Brexit to Build a Brighter Future."

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