Election 2017: Meet your Liberal Democrat candidates for Havering

PUBLISHED: 18:30 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 09 May 2017

Havering's Liberal Democrat candidates: Jonathan Fryer for Dagenham and Rainham, Jonathan Mitchell for Hornchurch and Upminster and Ian Sanderson for Romford.

Havering's Liberal Democrat candidates: Jonathan Fryer for Dagenham and Rainham, Jonathan Mitchell for Hornchurch and Upminster and Ian Sanderson for Romford.

Jonathan Fryer, Jonathan Mitchell and Ian Sanderson

All three Liberal Democrats have been announced for Havering’s constituencies in the general election in June.

Fighting for the position of Romford MP will be Ian Sanderson, a retired engineer and lecturer.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Ian moved to Romford in 1965 with his wife Barbara and was a Liberal Democat candidate for Romford in 2015.

He said: “I’ve lived most of my life in Havering and shared the experiences of local people.

“Romford is my local town and it is a great honour to be selected again to fight for Liberal Democracy here.

“Brexit means different things to different people, and everyone is uncertain about its precise form 10 months after the referendum.

“When we do know precisely what the government has in mind, it is vital that Parliament and the people get a chance to have their say before it goes ahead. For all its imperfections, the EU does a lot of useful things for the British people; we shouldn’t be losing them without having our say.”

Going up against Labour’s Rocky Gill and Conservative Julia Dockerill for the Hornchurch and Upminster seat will be Jonathan Mitchell who was a candidate in 2015.

A barrister by trade in East Dulwich, Jonathan says he would be in favour of another coalition.

He said: “I don’t mind Corbyn and what he has got to say but he doesn’t quite look the part to become Prime Minister.

“As for the Conservatives, they are very strong in this constituency and Havering generally but it is time for a change.

“We are a centrist party that has always challenged the posh boys and now we want to preserve our links with Europe so we can continue to trade with countries within the EU and Commonwealth countries and maybe even the USA.

“I have no problem working with other people to help make sure this country stays top dog.”

Jonathan Fryer, who works as a freelance writer, will also be making his voice heard to win the seat for Dagenham and Rainham.

The 66-year-old is a strong advocate of affordable housing and keen to make sure Havering remains a green borough.

He said: “It is about getting the balance right of building houses on brown field sites so young people are able to continue living in Havering while making sure that the environment is protected.

“Dagenham and Rainham has been Labour for many years now and I would be a fresh new voice for residents.

“It is time to bring about change and to give the people of this constituency what they want and need for a better future.”

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