Award-winning journalist David Campanale selected by Lib Dems

David Campanale

Following Bobby Dean’s selection in the other half of the borough for Tom Brake’s former seat comes news of the selection in the other half of Sutton, this time for Paul Burstow’s former seat:

Award-winning international television journalist with the BBC World Service, David Campanale, has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to contest the parliamentary marginal of Sutton & Cheam, held by Minister for London Paul Scully MP. 

The constituency is part of the Tory “blue wall”, immediately vulnerable to the party, following dramatic swings to the Liberal Democrats in by-elections in Chesham & Amersham and North Shropshire

Born in Sutton, David became one of London’s youngest councillors when he was elected to neighbouring Kingston Council at the age of 22, winning his seat from the Tories with the biggest electoral swing that night anywhere in the country. 

David has left his staff role at the BBC to focus on winning back the seat, which former Health minister Paul Burstow held for the Liberal Democrats for 18 years. It’s a borough where the party polls strongly. Sutton Council has been controlled by the Liberal Democrats, without a break, since 1986. 

On news of his selection, David Campanale said:

“My aim is to listen and to serve residents – speaking up for the many who feel forgotten by an uncaring, out of touch government, of which Paul Scully is a senior minister.

“I will be bringing forensic attention to the failings of the Conservatives, especially over the issue of staff retention, pay and conditions in the NHS in Sutton; rising waiting lists for elective operations and serious, unresolved issues in the care sector.

“Through my reporting, I’ve seen what failing governments look like around the world. Lack of integrity and falling public trust in Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are danger signs. We need to make sure they provide investment in Sutton to help our local businesses recover from the pandemic and protect St Helier Hospital from further cuts. 

“Sutton deserves an MP who will truly represent the area in Parliament – not one who backs this out of touch Government no matter what”.

David Campanale has served as a director of south-west London based international disaster relief and development charity, Tearfund. He’s also been a Director of the London Youth Games, which has mobilised one third of a million schoolchildren into competitive sport in the capital.

In a 30-year career as an international journalist, David Campanale was responsible for a series of “firsts”, from secret filming behind the Iron Curtain under Communism; to showing that Russia had illicitly sent its tanks into eastern Ukraine; the first English language television interview with Pakistani death-row Catholic, Asia Bibi; and a multiple award-winning investigation into the rape and torture of Muslim Uyghur women in Xinjiang.

See all the Liberal Democrat PPCs selected so far here.

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4 responses to “Award-winning journalist David Campanale selected by Lib Dems”

  1. I know its the weekend but we need a rapid response to the very serious allegations against Mr Campanale especially the suggestion that he was lending support to The Orban regime in Hungary as recently as 2019.
    The allegations are “out there” – they need to be answered asap.

  2. Is he still against abortion and LGBT rights, as he presumably was when he was a senior member of the Christian Peoples Alliance?


    “What can be found in a few minutes is that David Campanale stood for the CPA in the 2006 and 2010 local elections, for elections to the Greater London Authority in 2008 and was instrumental in recruiting candidates for the 2010 General Election. During that time the CPA actively campaigned against the legal right for abortion, against same-sex marriage and against the building of a new mosque in West Ham. The CPA, unsurprisingly, favoured a return to “Christian morality”. In 2010 it accused Barack Obama of “anti-life imperialism” on account of his pro-choice stance, while its manifesto of the same year talked of fighting “the LGBT lobby” opposition to “limiting the freedom of doctors not to execute abortions”.

    Campanale’s membership of the CPA can hardly be dismissed as a brief dalliance – after all, he was on the leadership team when the party was making these statements.”

  3. Mark we need some response from the party on this selection. We accuse the Tories of not doing due diligence on their candidates but this looks like we are following suit. Labour are all over this on Social Media.

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