25 October 2018
We are living through a period of exceptional political instability and, as a result, we face a real possibility of a snap General Election. We would like to be prepared for such an event and therefore we are pleased to be able to introduce our Parliamentary Candidates, who are ready and willing to stand, should a General Election be called before 2022.
Pippa Maslin, on the right of the photo, is your candidate for Mitcham and Morden. A state secondary school English teacher for thirteen years, a Media Arts university tutor during the completion of her doctorate, and now a trainee case worker for a local user-led deaf and disabled people's organisation, as well as a carer for her father, she first lived in Morden in the late 1970s and returned in 2013 when she was lucky enough to move into the property in which her grandparents and father were the first council tenants. She takes a keen interest in local issues - such as the outsourcing of waste management and the management of our green spaces, the role of housing associations, the dearth of truly affordable housing, the various proposals to 'reconfigure' healthcare provision, and the much-discussed regeneration of Morden town centre - always working hard to hold elected representatives to account, and determined to help make the constituency a better place for its residents.
Sonja Timpson is your candidate for Wimbledon. Sonja has worked in healthcare for 26 years, mostly as a paediatric nurse. Through working across a variety of fields in the public, private and charitable sectors, she has been able to gain a deep insight into the pressures that many families have to endure, especially those with children with long-term, complex and life-limiting conditions. Her experiences have also helped her to develop a practical and diplomatic approach to solving problems and resolving conflicts, a skill that she is certain would be transferable to the role of a Member of Parliament. Sonja has lived in Raynes Park with her partner for 20 years and has three children. She has enjoyed being active in her local community and has been a Local Green Party Officer since 2015.
Pippa and Sonja would very much like to hear from you. Over the coming months they will be getting out and about meeting local residents, finding out what matters most to them. It would be good to hear from local members and supporters too.
As part of our work preparing for the next Council elections in 2022, we are also very interested to know what you think of your local Councillors. Do you receive literature from them? Do you see them at local events? Have you contacted them and, if so, were they helpful? Please let us know what you think.
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