Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of her intention to seek a general election on 8th June, Simon Hughes said:
‘Liberal Democrats across Southwark are raring to go back to local voters, and relish the prospect of a general election on 8th June in all three Southwark constituencies.
‘In Bermondsey and north Southwark we are determined to win back the seat from Labour and it's really clear we can do so. Labour, Liberals and Liberal Democrats are the only parties to have won any seats in this area since the second world war, and in June we have as good a chance of winning again as we have ever had.
‘Labour are not a credible party of government nationally, and locally Bermondsey and Southwark voters need an MP again who will concentrate on fighting for the people of our borough all the year round rather than spending huge amounts of time on fighting internal battles in the Labour Party.
‘If I am selected again to be our general election candidate locally, I shall give 100% to lead the local campaign. With our hugely talented Liberal Democrat team in Southwark Council and at City Hall and our record ever number of local party members, we know we are in for the hardest of battles but are sure we can win.’
I’m delighted to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bermondsey and Old Southwark in the general election on 8th June.
It was an immense privilege to represent this community in Parliament for 32 years. I was proud to lead the campaign to save Guy's Hospital, to deliver the Jubilee Line extension and for genuinely affordable homes for local people.
The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Tories on hard Brexit. We are fighting for the rights of EU citizens, to remain in the single market and to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.
We need an MP who will fight for our community, not spend his time on internal Labour Party infighting. The election locally is between the Liberal Democrats and Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. The Tories, Greens and UKIP haven't won any seats here since before the war.
I hope I can count on your support on 8th June. Please let us know if you can spare some time or donate some money to help my campaign.
Rt. Hon Sir Simon Hughes