Amna Ahmad selected to fight Sutton and Cheam

Selections for a potential snap general election continue. Amna Ahmad has been selected to fight Sutton and Cheam, the seat held until the 2015 general election by former health and social care minister Paul Burstow.

She announced the news in a tweet:

You can find out more about Amna and what makes her tick in an interview she gave to the Croydon Citizen when standing for the GLA for Sutton and Croydon this year:

I grew up in south London, but I was born in Pakistan, moving to London when I was less than a year old. When I was growing up, there was domestic violence in my home, and I spent some time in foster care. I spent a lot of time dealing with the authorities at a young age and realised that it can be difficult to speak up and be heard. These experiences have given me the drive to speak up for others wherever I can. That’s why I got involved in politics, and I joined the Liberal Democrats because I believed that going to war in Iraq was the wrong decision. The Liberal Democrats were the only party to wholeheartedly campaign against that war.

I believe in community politics and local decision making, which is why I am a Liberal Democrat…

She was asked what needed to be done to get more women and people from BAME backgrounds into politics:

We need more role models. That way, when women, young people and those from an ethnic minority background want to get involved in politics, it will feel less daunting. A lot of people are political but that does not always translate into holding office. The Liberal Democrats have excellent role models, including Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE, and that makes me proud to be a member. That said, only 23% of MPs are women so all political parties need to do more to encourage women and those from BAME backgrounds to get involved. The barriers need to be broken down.

Good luck to Amna in her new role.

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  • Daniel Carr 23rd Jul '16 - 3:16pm

    Great news – I saw Amna speak at a LibDemPint not long ago and was very impressed. Will have to get myself down to Sutton and Cheam should a snap election be called!

  • David Warren 23rd Jul '16 - 8:38pm

    Congratulations and good luck.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 24th Jul '16 - 2:09pm

    What a fine example of our party , congratulations, Amna ! And mentioning Floella Benjamin gets even more support from me , one of our very finest !

  • Floating Voter 24th Jul '16 - 10:03pm

    She seems a decent candidate. Was she slected in a fair contest or by the immoral all women shortlist system?

  • Alex Macfie 25th Jul '16 - 6:42am

    Congratulations Amna

  • Sounds like a good candidate. If most messaging is like the first quote sounds like a lot of people could be interested in a candidate with a history of overcoming adversity to fight their corner.

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