I shall be standing for re-election in Hampstead & Kilburn
20 April, 2017
• FOLLOWING the prime minister’s decision to call an early general election, I am delighted to announce that I will be standing for re-election as the Member of Parliament for Hampstead and Kilburn.
This area has been my home for over two decades and to represent it in Westminster has been the greatest honour of my life.
My campaigns against HS2, against local government cuts, and for a properly-funded National Health Service and education system have reflected the priorities of local residents who are at the heart of all my work in parliament.
Over the next few weeks I will continue to do my job as the elected representative.
I will be available to deal with local issues, and residents are welcome to contact my office, which will be open as usual.
Thousands of people from EU countries – who have lived, worked and contributed in Hampstead and Kilburn for years – now face crushing uncertainty, with their futures reduced to bargaining chips by Theresa May and the Tories as they push for a hard Brexit that was never on the ballot paper and is not in the best interests of the country.
The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, have refused to rule out joining them in yet another coalition.
I therefore fully intend to continue my campaign to push the government to guarantee their rights as part of my broader work on the EU, and I will be holding a drop-in surgery for EU nationals in the next two weeks to discuss the rights they have following the triggering of Article 50.
I will not be forgetting my duty to protect the residents of this constituency simply because the prime minister has decided to eat into the two-year timetable for Brexit negotiations, and place party politics ahead of the national interest.
TULIP SIDDIQ MP
Labour, Hampstead & Kilburn