Election 2017: Conservative candidates to fight for constituencies in Havering
PUBLISHED: 18:55 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:38 09 May 2017
The borough’s Conservative candidates are hoping to win over all three constituencies at the up and coming general election next month.
The last time all three Havering constituencies had a Conservative MP was in 1992.
Romford’s MP for the past 16 years Andrew Rosindell, will once again be fighting for his position in parliament.
He said: “First of all, [I want] to support Theresa May in getting Brexit underway and getting the best agreement possible so we can still trade with Europe without being part of a political union.
“But secondly to work with our local council to ensure Romford becomes a vibrant and modern town , going with the grain of our history, looking after our heritage but also realising that we need to become a better town in terms of our shopping and our developments.
“I don’t want this to be a concrete jungle, I want sensitive developments that actually make Romford an attractive place to live and work.”
Fellow Conservative Julia Dockerill, councillor for Tower Hamlets since 2014, is also in the running to become the MP for Hornchurch and Upminster.
Although she was chief of staff to candidate for Cities of London and Westminster Mark Field, who backed the remain campaign, Julia voted to leave.
She said: “I share the frustration of many Leave voters that our decision has been characterised as backwards, xenophobic or a matter of regret. I have not regretted my choice at the ballot box for one second.
“That is not to deny that Brexit will throw up huge challenges. “However I believe that we can achieve our goals and best serve citizens through cooperation at intergovernmental level and not via a costly and cumbersome bureaucracy.’
In the running for the Dagenham and Rainham MP role on behalf of the Conservatives will be Julie Marson.
Born in Chadwell Heath, she came third in 2015 with 10,492 votes, behind Labour’s Jon Cruddas who received 17,830 and Ukip’s Peter Harris with 12,850.
She said: “I grew up in this area, I have a huge affection and a huge bond to this area.
“I went to school there and it will be a real privilege to come home to this area.
“I want to stand up for the people of Dagenham and Rainham and be their champion for the services they want and to deliver the Brexit they want.
“I think I will be a strong champion for Brexit and the Brexit they wanted. I have been a Brexit supporter all my life and this is a huge opportunity for this country.”