Liberal Democrat members have made their choice for the forthcoming Parliamentary by-election in the Labour, but heavily pro-Remain, seat of Lewisham East:
On being selected, she said:
I am really honoured to be able to represent the area in which I grew up and now live. Now, more than ever, society appears fractured, and during my campaign I will focus on the need to address these deep divides and work together as a community. In this month’s local election we have shown that the Liberal Democrats are still a force to be reckoned with, and I am positive we will continue our success in this by-election.
A bit of background about Lucy Salek:
Lucy is an independent trainer and consultant with more than 10 years of experience in capacity building and training for humanitarian and development organisations.
Lucy has provided training and facilitation to participants in various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on various topics including conflict sensitivity, peacebuilding, programme quality, prevention of violent extremism and programme management. This is in addition to her previous experience in programme management and as a global advisor on operating in conflict-affected environments.
Lucy is also a specialist on working with faith based organisations and communities for development, and is the author of Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief.
In 2017 Lucy founded Opening Analysis – of which she is Director – as an organisation to provide bespoke assistance to humanitarian and global development organisations that wish to build their capacity to mainstream programme quality into programming, with a focus on ‘inclusion, sensitivity and protection’, now also offering training on the Core Humanitarian Standard.
She stood in Southend West for the Liberal Democrats at the 2017 general election and in a Lewisham council by-election in Evelyn ward in late 2016. Prior to that she was a member of the Women’s Equality Party.
Campaigning has already started.