Candidates

More United backs people, not parties. We use crowdfunding to help elect candidates, from any party, who agree with our values and have been voted for by our members. 

In the June 2017 General Election, More United backed 49 candidates from 5 different parties. Of these, 34 have been elected to be Members of Parliament.

If you want a chance to vote on the candidates we support in future, make sure you join today.

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Amna Ahmad

Amna is standing for the Liberal Democrats in Sutton and Cheam. She is campaigning to support the small businesses that are so important to the local economy, in particular those whose business is at risk due to Brexit.

Amna was born in Pakistan and moved to South London at a young age. She is bilingual and values the diversity of experience and cultures that our communities bring to London and to our country.

Her opponent, Paul Cully MP, was a supporter of the Leave campaign and has voted against making the House of Lords elected.

Amna goes into this race only 3,921 votes behind - a great opportunity for a great candidate.

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Rosena Allin-Khan MP

Growing up, Rosena  wanted to be a doctor, but could not afford medical school, so instead she studied Biomedical Science, funding her education through a series of part-time jobs. She was later accepted at the age of 24 to study medicine at Cambridge University.  At the time of her election in 2016, she was working as junior doctor in the A&E department of St Georges Hospital, which is now in her constituency.

Rosena was elected on June 17th, the day after the tragic murder of Jo Cox MP. When the election result was announced, she dropped her planned victory speech and instead read a tribute to Jo.

In parliament she has campaigned on  women's economic equality, community cohesion and the right of Muslim women to wear a niqab. Rosena Outside of politics, she has volunteer in refugee camps providing medical aid.

She is fighting in a highly contested seat, where the two main candidates received 92% of the vote at the last election.

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Kelly-Marie Blundell

Kelly-Marie currently works in the charity sector as a fundraising and marketing professional. She has also worked as a Citizen’s Advice Bureau advisor and Union representative. Unashamedly pro the European Union, Kelly-Marie organised marches following the referendum. Growing up on the Kent Sussex borders, Kelly-Marie is passionate about the importance of small business to the rural economy.

Kelly-Marie is just 1,083 votes behind her opponent, Maria Caulfield, who campaigned for Leave and has consistently voted against taking action on climate change.

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Chris Bryant MP

Chris worked as a Church of England minister, a BBC journalist and for an education charity before being elected as MP for Rhondda in 2001. He is in favour of democratic reform and has served on the Committee for Reform of the House of Lords. Following the phone hacking scandal, Chris called for and led the debates that resulted in the launch of the Leveson Inquiry. 

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Alistair Carmichael MP

As MP for Orkney and Shetland, Alistair has proved over the last 16 years that he is committed to addressing local issues and serving the needs of his constituents. He’s worked to boost the development of renewable energy generation in the islands and has spoken passionately about his belief in the positive impact of the union between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. He’s also been an active campaigner for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

His slim majority of just over 800 votes means he’s facing a tough fight.

 

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Vince Cable MP

With his background in economics and academia, Vince is a leading figure in economic debate. Following the financial crash, he’s been a vocal critic of ‘bonus culture’ in banks, advocating the need to hold corporations to account over questionable behaviour. He served as Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010-15.

Vince has shown he is willing to work across party lines for the good of the country, joining forces with many other leading figures to campaign for Remain last year.

He is 2000 votes behind his opposition in the seat he previously held for 8 years.

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Ruth Cadbury MP

Ruth believes the government’s response to the current refugee crisis is “appalling” - she has called on the government to do more and criticised the US immigration policies since the 2016 election. In and out of parliament, Ruth supports transgender equality and has been invited to speak on the subject.

As a founding member of the Cross Party Group for West London Business, Ruth is focused on maximising business investment and economic growth in her area. In her first speech in 2015, Ruth spoke about how her Quaker background has fuelled her commitment to social justice.

Ruth’s defending a majority of just 465 votes, making our support critical to her campaign.

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Daisy Cooper

Daisy’s career is a track record of her commitment to More United’s values of opportunity, tolerance and openness. As Director of Hacked Off, an organisation set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, Daisy campaigns to maintain the freedom of the press while holding it to account. Working in Commonwealth affairs, she has campaigned for better LGBT+ rights around the world, against human rights violations in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and she is currently her party’s National Diversity Champion. Daisy is also firmly opposed to a ‘hard Brexit'.

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Geraint Davies MP

Geraint’s work evidences his dedication to his constituents and to More United’s values. He signed the Marine Charter to protect local marine wildlife and has campaigned for stricter environmental controls on water and air pollution caused by fracking. Geraint has also spoken out against the gender pay gap in Wales, calling for companies to make this information public in order to tackle the problem. He is committed to driving investment in the local area.

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Gloria De Piero MP

Gloria was previously a political journalist at GMTV and the BBC, before being elected in 2010 with one of the largest swing votes of the election - and a margin of just 200. As Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration she has worked to boost political engagement. She was one of only 25 MPs to turn down a pay rise last year, choosing to donate the extra money to local youth who had been offered university places and would previously have received maintenance grants.

With a previously high UKIP vote, her seat of Ashfield is now highly contested in this election.

 

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Jane Dodds

Born and raised in North Wales, Jane’s a Welsh speaker who’s spent 20 years working in child protection, including heading up the Children’s Section at the Refugee Council. Her work as a local councillor and campaigner has included efforts to improve local recycling centres and boost local high streets by introducing more free parking. She has shown she’s committed to identifying and communicating the needs of local people and she strongly believes parliament needs to become more representative of voters’ needs.

Jane’s main opponent, who is 5,000 votes ahead of her, voted to Leave the EU and against legislation for same sex marriage.

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Stephen Doughty MP

Having previously spent years working in campaigning roles at international charities such as Oxfam and World Vision, in politics Stephen has been part of teams responding to international disasters such as the Haiti earthquake. He is committed to tackling climate change and was a vocal advocate for same sex marriage at the time the Equal Marriage Bill was passed.

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Jack Dromey MP

As a prominent trade unionist throughout his career, Jack’s been standing up for workers’ rights from long before he entered politics. As an MP, he’s been very vocal about the importance of remaining within the European single market, and as a son of Irish immigrants, he’s passionate about the positive impact that immigrants have on the UK.

Jack has been an MP since 2010 and has voted in favour of LGBTQ rights, reforming the House of Lords and measures to tackle climate change.

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Andrew George

In the coalition government, Andrew made his name as the Liberal Democrats' most rebellious MP, voting against rises in tuition fees and reforms to health and welfare. As the Lib Dem Fisheries spokesman, Andrew worked to improve the sustainability of the fishing industry and pushed for the appointment of a ‘Green Minister’ to help protect the environment.

Andrew had a fantastic attendance record in Parliament while he was an MP, showing commitment to his duty.

He is chasing a lead of just 2,469 votes in St. Ives and has proven himself to be an independent-minded candidate.

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Mark Hunter

Mark wants the economy to benefit everyone. He has facilitated discussion between local businesses and banks to support investment in his local area. Mark is also a believer in the need for a fairer electoral process and an elected House of Lords.

Cheadle voted to remain in the referendum and Mark is fighting to prevent an unchecked passing of a Brexit deal,  supporting measures such as a second referendum on the eventual deal.

Mark is 6,435 votes behind his opponent in a seat that he previously held until 2015.

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Christine Jardine MP

Previously a journalist and university teacher, Christine was a prominent figure within the Better Together campaign in the run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum. She has been outspoken about the need to improve the gender-balance of parties and Parliament, resigning her role as Environment Spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats over the issue.

Christine has pledged to represent the wishes of Edinburgh West constituents as an anti-independence, pro-EU candidate. Her opposition is just 3210 votes ahead of her in the race. 

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Liz Kendall MP

Liz has represented Leicester West since 2010. Before becoming an MP she worked in health and social care and was director of Maternity Alliance, a charity for pregnant women. She’s a vocal advocate for the Living Wage, a strong supporter of LGBTQ rights and has campaigned for more urgent action to tackle climate change.

During the 2015 Labour leadership election Liz called on the party to embrace the business community, saying at the time: "There are many good businesses that share our agenda, but they did not feel they could be part of what we were saying, because too much of the time they heard us attacking business.”

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Stephen Kinnock MP

Stephen is an MP who is not afraid to speak his mind. He was a passionate supporter of the Remain campaign and has called for an investigation into Leave.EU campaign to determine if they broke electoral law. Stephen has campaigned to support the Port Talbot steel works, working closely with Tata Steel to secure a sustainable future for the site, securing thousands of jobs.

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Peter Kyle MP

Peter’s track record shows his commitment to helping people into jobs and then protecting their workplace rights. Previously the head of a charity that helps tackle youth unemployment, Peter’s campaigned for the creation of more local apprenticeships and is committed to fostering local business growth by reducing their corporation tax.

As a member of the Business, Skills and Innovation Committee, Peter made waves with his resolute challenging of Mike Ashley, boss of Sports Direct, over poor working conditions in his warehouses. He rebelled against the party whip to vote against triggering Article 50 and has been a vocal critic of some of the claims made by the Leave campaign.

He’s defending a slim majority of just over 1,200.

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Norman Lamb MP

In recent years, Norman Lamb is best known for his incredible tenacity and stamina in challenging underperformance in health care systems. His sustained and dedicated campaigning was the driving force behind changes to the social care system, resulting in the piloting of The Care Act - "the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years".

He has also been relentless in his advocacy for greater awareness and better treatment for mental health, famously talking openly about his son and his sister’s experiences.

As part of the coalition he supported the Government’s work to create more apprenticeships for young people.

In this election, his majority of 4,000 is by no means safe.

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David Lammy MP

David is a strong advocate for positive parenting and particularly the importance of fathers. He grew up on an estate in Tottenham and was awarded a choral scholarship to attend a state choral school, before going on to study law at Harvard.

A passionate advocate for equal rights and diversity, David was a crucial figure in the parliamentary push to include diversity in the current BBC charter. His campaign is focussed around pledges to stand up for growth and development in his constituency, investment in the NHS and to continue fighting against a ‘hard Brexit’.

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Clive Lewis MP

Clive was born in London but his family moved to Northampton where he grew up on a council estate. Clive became a journalist for the BBC and in 2006 he graduated from Sandhurst as an infantry officer with the Territorial Army. In 2009 he served a three month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Clive became an MP for Norwich South in 2015. A proud trade unionist, Clive served as Shadow Defence Secretary and then Businesses Secretary for Labour. In February 2017 he resigned from the party's front bench in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's decision to whip the Labour Party to support the triggering of Article 50.

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Vix Lowthion

Vix is the Green Party candidate for the Isle of Wight, a seat where the party did extremely well in 2015. Vix is a local teacher and her manifesto focuses on local issues including protecting the isle’s green spaces. She is campaigning to support the local economy by creating more jobs in the renewable energy sector. Vix is also supportive of electoral reform.

Although Vix isn't standing in as marginal a seat as many in the country, More United believes it is important we support a broad range of candidates who are making waves locally.

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Caroline Lucas MP

Caroline is the joint leader of the Green Party and currently its only MP. She famously wore a 'No More Page 3' t-shirt in Parliament to get Ministers talking to the media about ways to end media sexism. She is a long-time environmental campaigner and, as an MP, helps scrutinise government legislation on environmental issues as part of Parliament's Environmental Audit Group. She frequently speaks out against forms of intolerance in society and is a Parliamentary advocate for the Accord Coalition who work to make state schools accessible to all.

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Ian Lucas MP

Ian has represented Wrexham since 2001, and before becoming an MP he practiced as a solicitor. Ian is dedicated to encouraging the growth of small businesses and creation of jobs in his constituency, and in Parliament he has consistently voted in favour of measures to strengthen LGBTQ rights and take action on climate change. With the competition chasing his 1,831 majority, our help can make a big difference.

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Seema Malhotra MP

A former business advisor in the video game and film industries, Seema has championed sustainable development in her area, creating the jobs and homes her constituents need while strengthening local infrastructure. She has also worked hard in Parliament to tackle violence against women and girls.

Most recently Seema has sat on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Exiting the European Union, advocating the need to negotiate a deal that protects British jobs, businesses and quality of life. She is firmly against a ‘hard Brexit’.

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Alison McGovern MP

Alison has been Wirral South MP since 2010. During that time, she has been an outspoken critic of zero hours’ contracts and has helped to develop more local apprenticeships in Wirral. She's worked to boost economic growth within her constituency through free parking schemes and the regeneration of shopping areas.

Alison is defending a slim majority of about 4,500.

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Sue McGuire

Sue is an experienced businesswoman with particular knowledge of the tech and digital sectors. Over her 11 years serving Southport as a local councillor, Sue has shown how dedicated she is to the people of Southport, campaigning to save the local A&E, protect the greenbelt and ensure proper funding of local schools. She also started a volunteering group that regularly clears rubbish from ‘grot spots’ around the town - apparently they’ve got rid of 10,000 bags of rubbish to date.

Sue’s party had a majority of just 1300 at the last election, making our support critical to her success.

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Ian Murray MP

Currently Scotland’s only Labour MP, Ian is committed to protecting the union. He feels strongly that parliament needs to become more relatable to ordinary people and in this vein has voted to support electoral reform and make the House of Lords wholly elected.

Ian recently joined an anti-fascism protest organised in Edinburgh to counter a white pride march. He spoke passionately about the need to defend the core principles of equality, tolerance and mutual respect in the face of prejudice and division. 

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Tessa Munt

Tessa was previously the MP for Wells between 2010 and 2015. During that time she broke the record for the number of surgeries she held for local constituents, clocking up over 700, showing her dedication to her constituents. Tessa was also one of the seven MPs who wrote to Theresa May appealing for independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse. Wells has 79,000 voters and she is chasing down a lead of just 7,900 votes.

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Sarah Olney

Elected in December 2016, Sarah was the first candidate to receive More United support, having been overwhelmingly voted for by the members. She has stood by her campaign promises, opposing Heathrow expansion and calling a Parliamentary debate on the topic, and representing the views of her constituents in voting against Article 50. She has spoken out against cuts to school funding and stood firm on the need to tackle air pollution.

Sarah’s by-election victory was monumental, overturning Zac Goldsmith’s mammoth 23,015 majority. However, with Zac standing against her, Sarah’s majority of just 1900 is far from safe.

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Rachel Reeves MP

With her background as an economist, Rachel has a great deal of expertise in this area and has written studies about the financial crisis for top think tanks. She is in favour of electoral reform to introduce a more proportional voting system.

Frustrated at the shortage of women remembered in Parliamentary history, Rachel recently wrote and published the first biography of pioneering parliamentarian, Alice Bacon MP from 1945.

Rachel is especially keen to receive endorsement and volunteers from More United, rather than financial support in this election.

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Emma Reynolds MP

Emma is a passionate advocate for progressive free trade, urging the economic importance of remaining within the EU’s single market. As MP for Wolverhampton, she has worked to invigorate and strengthen local industry, particularly in aerospace technology. Emma is also a patron of Vote Leave Watch, a grassroots organisation that aims to hold politicians from the Vote Leave campaign to account for promises made in the run-up to the referendum. 

Having given birth to her son just six weeks ago, Emma is standing for re-election with a majority of less than 5500. 

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Jonathan Reynolds MP

Jonathan was one of the youngest MPs elected in 2010, aged just 29, having previously trained and worked as a solicitor. Jonathan believes firmly that a compassionate society and strong economy can go hand in hand. He’s been vocal about the need to get more young people voting and, as Vice-Chair of the All-Party Group on Autism, he has worked to raise awareness and improve understanding of this condition. 

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Elizabeth Riches

A former biology teacher and local businesswoman, Elizabeth has spent 27 years serving her area as a local councillor. She is committed to working for the needs of local people, standing up for for the interests of the fishing, farming and tourism sectors and campaigning against Scottish Independence.

Her opposition has a majority of 4300 votes, which means our support could make a massive difference to Elizabeth’s campaign.

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Jo Roundell Greene

Jo is Deputy Leader of her Local Council and last year was shortlisted as one of the UK’s best councillors, proving her dedication to the people she serves. She previously worked as a bricklayer and a cleaner.

Jo’s been fighting to protect local industry jobs and, following in the footsteps of her grandfather Clement Attlee, is fiercely committed to the NHS. She has spoken out in praise of the important contribution EU workers make to the NHS.

Her opposition is a firm supporter of Brexit with a record of voting against measures to prevent climate change. He has a majority of 5300 in a seat that was previously held by Jo’s party.

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Gavin Shuker MP

Gavin founded and runs an award-winning summer school in his constituency. The scheme offers young people a chance to gain experience in campaigning and charity work, and fosters greater political engagement among local youth. Gavin has been vocal about the need to remove refugees from net migration figures and about ensuring that BAME women do not face discrimination when entering local politics.

Gavin was last elected with a majority of 5700 and his seat is a key target for the opposition.

 

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Tulip Siddiq MP

With a background in the charity sector working for Amnesty International and Save The Children, Tulip has continued fighting against injustice and inequality in Parliament. She is vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism and a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee. She also has a track record of standing up for the needs of disabled people, campaigning against cuts to social care and for improved accessibility at tube stations. 

Tulip has proved herself to be a principled MP who will represent the views of her constituents, resigning from Labour's front bench following the decision to whip the vote to trigger Article 50.

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Andy Slaughter MP

Andy has a track record of standing up for More United’s values in Parliament, having consistently voted for equal gay rights and for measures to tackle climate change. Locally he is campaigning against the third runway at Heathrow. He is strongly opposed to a ‘hard Brexit’ and supports having a second referendum on the terms of the deal.

Andy has a majority of 6500, and his constituency is being heavily targeted by his opposition. 

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Owen Smith MP

Throughout his time as an MP, Owen has dedicated himself to standing up for regular people and defending workers' rights. He has campaigned for greater job security for his constituents and would like to see an end to exploitative zero-hours contracts. Owen has spoken out about the need to reconnect politicians with the needs of voters and to deliver policies that will bring real improvements to people's lives. 

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Anna Soubry MP

More United is a movement that backs people, not parties. It is essential that our values are represented on every side of the House of Commons if we are to pull politics back from the extremes. That includes backing forward-looking and outspoken Conservatives, who are taking a stand against extreme views in their own party.

Anna is a passionate and principled campaigner who has repeatedly demonstrated a desire to promote More United’s values of openness and tolerance, even when it has meant defying her party. That sort of bravery should be applauded, and supported, wherever possible. 

A leading pro-EU voice, Anna resigned as a minister in the wake of the referendum saying she was ‘looking forward to representing my constituents and long-standing views on the positive benefits of immigration and the EU.’ In the days following the referendum, she appeared on Question Time and urged Britain to promote ‘hope over hate’ when it comes to immigration.

Ever since then, Anna has consistently spoken out against the Government’s handling of Brexit, unafraid of criticising her own colleagues if that is what she felt was the right thing to do. 

Anna is an advocate of equal marriage, and has consistently voted to support equal LGBTQ rights in Parliament. With a majority of just over 4,000, it’s important that we support Anna to ensure that More United’s values are represented on every side of the House of Commons.

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Jamie Stone MP

First elected as a councillor in 1986, Jamie has been serving the people of the Highlands for over thirty years. Over this time he’s worked to protect the local services and infrastructure that are crucial to his constituents, fighting to safeguard maternity services, secure investment for a new high school and improve roads.

Jamie has committed to stand up for the needs of his constituents, no matter what. He enters the race just 3,800 votes behind his opposition. 

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Jo Swinson MP

Jo is passionate about maximising the UK’s economic potential and the role girls and young women can play in this. She works in and out of parliament to ensure girls and young women can reach their full potential, including chairing the Gender Balance Taskforce working to help get more women into parliamentary positions.

Jo campaigned vigorously against the so called ‘rape clause’ in the changes to tax credits rules. She is a champion for youth political engagement and has called for the voting age to be lowered to 16.

She enters her race 2167 votes behind the current SNP MP and with More United support will be fighting from a stronger position.

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Sophie Walker

Sophie Walker is standing for the first time as the leader of WEP. She is a respected journalist who worked at Reuters news agency for nearly 20 years, covering business, finance and politics from Paris to Washington.

Although Sophie has a more difficult challenge than other candidates, we believe it is important to endorse her. 

Our political system makes it tough for new parties to challenge established ones, and part of More United's role is to make politics more diverse and more accessible. The Green Party have agreed not to stand a candidate in Shipley and instead endorsed Sophie, increasing her chances of winning.

It's also important for us to challenge abhorrent views where they exist in politics: Sophie is standing against an MP who has described himself as a "vocal critic of political correctness and 'zealous' feminism". He has consistently questioned whether offensive practices such as "blacking up" are racist, whether discrimination against women exists and whether disabled workers should receive less than the minimum wage.

For all these reasons, we believe it is right to support Sophie in Shipley.

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George Turner

As an investigative journalist, George has shown how committed he is to transparent democracy, uncovering overspending by Lambeth Council to reveal the excessive salaries of their senior employees. George has signed the Clean Air Pledge, committing to take action to tackle air pollution in his first 100 days if elected as MP for Vauxhall.

Our support is needed if George is to be in with a chance of winning this seat.

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Gareth Thomas MP

Before becoming an MP in 1997 Gareth was a teacher in the constituency he now represents. An outspoken advocate of a low carbon economy, in particular the economic benefits this can bring, Gareth has conducted and published research into energy and climate change. He’s spoken passionately about the UK’s duty to help ease the refugee crisis.

During his long career in Parliament Gareth has consistently voted in favour of LGBTQ rights and is a supporter of an elected House of Lords.

With a majority of just 2,208 he’s facing a tight race.

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Chuka Umunna MP

As former Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka has worked hard to boost local businesses and encourage investment in his constituency. He has worked in Parliament to foster greater social integration within diverse communities, launching a Parliamentary Group for this purpose, and has spoken out against homophobia and sexism.

Chuka chairs the grassroots initiative Vote Leave Watch, holding the Leave campaign to account for their claims in the run-up to the referendum. He’s also a vocal supporter of proportional representation.

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Mark Williams

A former teacher and Lib Dem spokesman for Schools, Mark is passionate about maintaining high standards in our education system and providing equal opportunities for all young people. In parliament he has championed the updating of child protection legislation and he is a firm supporter of democratic reform. Mark has also worked to protect the environment, successfully campaigning to end exploratory oil drilling in Cardigan Bay. 

Our support could help him maintain his 3000 majority.

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John Woodcock MP

In 2013 John established a credit union in his constituency after a commission he launched alerted him to the rise of legal loan sharks preying on the poorest. He is a mental health campaigner and has a record of voting in parliament for measures to tackle climate change.

He has shown himself to be an independent-minded MP, defying the Labour whips on many occasions.

Just 795 votes ahead of his closest rival, John is facing one of the tightest races in the country.

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