A press release from Lib Dem HQ brings the news:
The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Siobhan Benita will be the party’s candidate for the London Mayoral elections in May 2020, and will lead the campaign for the London Assembly elections.
London is in the grip of a knife crime crisis, living costs continue to soar, and inequality within our society is widening. Londoners need and demand better services they can rely on.
The Liberal Democrats are committed to building more social and affordable homes, taking people out of high rents and conditions we should be ashamed of.
The party will invest in policing, find a solution to the inadequacy of our train operators and navigate a radical approach to improving our chronic levels of air pollution.
Siobhan Benita will lead the campaign for the Liberal Democrats in London, building on recent success in the capital, gaining control of both Richmond and Kingston councils and an increased vote share of 21% achieved in this year’s Lewisham by-election.
Commenting on her successful campaign to secure the Mayoral candidacy, Siobhan Benita said:
I am delighted to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London.
I will show the Lib Dems can offer a fresh alternative to London’s tired two-party politics.
Sadiq Khan isn’t delivering the right solutions to violent crime and only the Liberal Democrats can provide a genuinely public health approach.
The Tories have shown how out of touch they are with London’s values by selecting an illiberal, pro-Brexit candidate.
Only the Lib Dems have truly stood up for Londoners against Brexit and we will continue to be a strong, liberal voice for our city.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said:
Siobhan Benita has made a big impression in London and will be an excellent candidate to take on both Labour and the Conservatives.
I look forward to working with Siobhan in standing up for the issues that matter, not least tackling London’s knife crime crisis, the soaring cost of living and stopping this Conservative Brexit mess.
Liberal Democrats have had a string of great electoral successes right across London. Now is the time to get behind Siobhan and demand better.
Here are the voting figures for the Lib Dem Mayor selection contest:
Here is Siobhan Bentia’s manifesto from the Mayor selection:Siobhan-Benita-London-Mayor-selection-manifesto
Results of the London Assembly top-up list selections have also been announced.
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