With their party’s popularity growing rapidly following the European and local elections, members of the Liberal Democrats in Redbridge and Waltham Forest have selected Dr Geoffrey Seeff as their prospective candidate for the Chingford and Woodford Green constituency. Woodford resident Dr Seeff is a long time campaigner for the Liberal Democrats and stood as a candidate in the constituency in 1997 and 2010.
Speaking to the members after his selection, Geoff reminded them that Chingford and Woodford Green voted to remain in Europe in 2016. He argued that the Lib Dem’s unequivocal message to call for a properly informed and fair second referendum and to campaign to revoke Article 50 had resonated with a substantial proportion of the electorate and it was evident that many "leavers" had changed their minds. He declared himself delighted to have the opportunity to lead the local efforts in the battle against Brexit.
Geoff said: "The nation has been polarised and Parliament paralysed since the ill-conceived and mismanaged referendum took place. Sadly, in the ensuing debate on the outcome, people have lost sight of the vision and values that inspired the founding of the European Union - raising the standard of living of the citizens of all member states and eliminating forever the prospect of war between them. It is apparent to all but the most rabid xenophobes that, having taken advantage of the benefits of open borders, we cannot simply unpick 45 years of political, business, academic and social relationships. Many authorities, including Government departments charged with assessing the impacts, predict that there would be economic chaos and carnage if the UK walked away from our commitments to our European partners without a deal, as threatened by most of the Tory leadership contenders."
Geoff recognises that while Brexit is currently the most critical issue facing politicians, it is not the only one of concern to the public. In order to reinforce the support they are now receiving, Liberal Democrats need to be promoting their distinctive policies on matters including: sustainable development in the context of climate change, preventative medicine and sensitive mental health provision, constitutional reform, including proportional representation, and improving corporate governance, particularly around taxation of digital businesses.
Asked about the chances of success in winning the seat, Geoff was extremely optimistic about his prospects and scathing about both the Tories and Labour. "The Tory party is in complete meltdown, with more positions on Brexit than the Karma Sutra. When a former Deputy Prime Minister votes Lib Dem, a former cabinet minister foretells his party’s extinction and former senior figures join other parties, you know they are in deep trouble. Iain Duncan Smith would recklessly take the UK over the precipice of no deal but constituents realise that it would be they who would suffer the consequences and not him. The pseudo-marxist ideology of Jeremy Corbyn does not sit well with the residents of Chingford and Woodford Green and the only reason that Labour polled strongly in 2017 was that voters erroneously thought the party would strongly oppose Brexit - how disappointed they have been. They won't make that mistake again."