Matt Sanders selected as Lib Dem candidate in Hampstead and Kilburn
Sir Nick Clegg's former special adviser to take on Tulip Siddiq
08 September, 2019 — By Richard Osley
Matt Sanders pictured with Camden councillors Luisa Porritt, Flick Rea and Tom Simon, and London Assembly candidate Marisha Ray
FORMER councillor Matt Sanders has today (Sunday) been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Hampstead and Kilburn parliamentary constituency.
The party brought forward its selection contest amid the growing guessing game over when the country will go to the polls again; MPs set to be asked again this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to support a new general election as the Brexit crisis rumbles on.
Mr Sanders, a former special adviser to Sir Nick Clegg during the coalition government years, will take on sitting Labour MP Tulip Siddiq, who holds a 15,560 majority.
The Lib Dems finished third in the constituency in 2017, more than 30,000 votes behind Ms Siddiq, who appeared to resist the Lib Dems’ pro-EU message with her own record of campaigning to remain and breaking the Labour whip to vote against triggering Article 50.
Mr Sanders at last week’s Camden Defends Democracy rally
The Lib Dems, however, have enjoyed a revival in Camden after winning new council seats at the local elections last year and winning all over the borough at the European elections in May.
Mr Sanders, who represented the Haverstock ward during his time on the council, won a competitive selection contest which included a bid by former candidate Kirsty Allan to run again. He said he was “proud and humbled” to have been selected.
The Conservatives, who came second last time, have yet to select a candidate but aim to have one in place by the end of the month.