Leyton Orient captain to stand in Leyton & Wanstead at next General Election

6 Feb 2023

Tara Copeland, captain of the Leyton Orient women’s team, has been chosen by Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats to be their prospective parliamentary candidate for Leyton and Wanstead at the next general election.

Tara, who is Canadian by birth, has been living in the UK for the last decade and works in the Heritage sector. She has a strong connection to the local area through her position at the football club.

Tara used to be the Chair of the Young Liberals where she helped to develop the party’s policy on unpaid carers and is actively involved in national policy making for the Liberal Democrats.

“I joined the Liberal Democrats in 2017 due to their strong stance on mental health services, equality and human rights, and our approach to tackling the environmental crisis. I wanted to run in Leyton and Wanstead because I am committed to working hard to address the issues that matter most in our area,” said Tara upon her selection, “I am immensely pleased to join the committed group of Liberal Democrats here in Waltham Forest as we push for the changes that the area needs.”

Chair of Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats Josh Hadley said: “Tara is a really strong candidate with connections to the area and we are really pleased that she chose to put her name forward here in Leyton and Wanstead. Her work as Chair of the Young Liberals and captaincy of the O's demonstrate her strong leadership qualities. We are looking forward to taking the fight to Labour as so many of the local residents have not been listened to over the past few years.”

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