“As your Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Islington North, I will fight hard, day in, day out, against a Government who’s taking this country down a destructive path. I will ensure the people of Islington are represented again.” – Keith Angus
Keith Angus, Liberal Democrat candidate for Islington North in the 2017 general election launched his campaign with an impressive rally on Highbury Fields. Here is what he had to say to the crowd who joined him in a show of support.
“Last June, when I saw the results of the EU referendum announced, confirming that, as a country, we’d just voted to leave, something broke inside me.
I couldn’t believe my country had made such a bad decision – for our economy, for our jobs, for our prosperity.
But much more than that: to the damage it would do to our society. For the first time in my entire life, I no longer understood my country. I thought we were a country of tolerance, of openness. But now that was called into question.
Since that vote last June, Theresa May and the Conservative Party have been determined to lead us to the hardest and most destructive form of Brexit. Not only to pull us out of the EU but out of the Single Market and out of the Customs Union. Those options weren’t on the ballot paper, yet the Conservatives pursue it. Using it for their own political benefit to see off their own threats from UKIP. And in the meantime, the rest of us suffer.
Well we don’t have to. We can put a stop to this. There is an alternative.
As Liberal Democrats we’ve seen a surge of support come our way since the Brexit vote. And since the General Election was called, that momentum has gathered pace. Here in Islington, hundreds of new supporters signed up to our campaign in the hours following the election announcement.
And that support keeps growing. We’re seeing a large number of supporters from other parties – mostly from Labour. Former Labour members and supporters who look at their two Labour MPs in Islington with despair. Despair they are no longer being represented.
They want a voice. They want someone to stand up for what they believe in. They can no longer support a Labour party – a Labour opposition led by Corbyn, providing no opposition when it comes to Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn, if you won’t do that job, then I will.
As your Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Islington North, I will fight hard, day in, day out, against a Government who’s taking this country down a destructive path. I will ensure the people of Islington are represented again. Over 78% of the people of Islington North voted Remain and they deserve a strong voice, someone who will represent them.
But we can only do this, we can only win as a strong, united force. Coming together in unity to fight for what we believe in.
I know we can do this, because we are Islington and we are united.
Now let’s get out there and win.”
Keith Angus: Liberal Democrats candidate for Islington North
Photograph: Courtesy of Kate Lucas