Jonathan Fryer selected for Lib Dems in Poplar and Limehouse

Jonathan Fryer has been selected as PPC for the new seat of Poplar and Limehouse.

Jonathan is an experienced candidate, having fought three General Elections (Chelsea 1983, Orpington 1987 and Leyton 1992) as well as several European Parliamentary elections. He was number 2 in the Liberal Democrat London list this year, but narrowly missed being elected.

Jonathan writes about Poplar and Limehouse on his blog:

It’s an extraodinary seat, illustrating both the huge diversity of London and also the yawning gap between rich and poor.

It also looks like being a right royal battleground at the forthcoming general election, not only because the sitting Labour MP, Farming and Food Minister Jim Fitzpatrick, annoyed the large local Muslim community a while back by walking out of a Muslim wedding because he couldn’t sit next to his wife, but also because ‘Gorgeous’ George Galloway (Respect) is trying to move over from his current perch in neighbouring Bethnal Green and Bow.

So we can expect some vigorous campaigning and lots of media attention.

Jonathan was recently elected Chair of London Region Liberal Democrats and will take office in January 2010.

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5 Comments

  • But no Green Party because of the alliance with Respect!

  • Fantastic news, I really admire Jonathan particularly for his work in this years European elections, the very best of luck to him and his team… Is this a realistic target seat?

  • Jim Fitzpatrick was of course right to walk out of that wedding reception. I hope there is no implied criticism intended here of the guy’s principled and honourable stance (not to be expected from a Labour politician, but nice on those rare occasions when we see it).

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