|UKIP's Leading Lady Standing For Assembly Seat|
Elizabeth Jones hopes to win Merton & Wandsworth seat in May
UKIP has made it a hat trick for Elizabeth Jones, in selecting her to stand for the London Assembly seat of Merton and Wandsworth in May’s London regional elections.
Already a nationwide poll of UKIP members saw Elizabeth elected in November to the Party’s top decision-making body, its National Executive Council (NEC) for a 3-year term.
Elizabeth was also selected at UKIP’s Annual Conference in September, to stand as one of 11 specially approved candidates for the London Assembly via the proportional representation ballot conducted at the same time as the London constituency and mayoral elections on 5th May.
“I am delighted and honoured to bag this hat trick of UKIP choices and relish the challenge of winning the hearts and minds of the good people of Merton and Wandsworth,” said family law solicitor Elizabeth, after winning the UKIP Merton and Wandsworth nomination Hustings.
“I look forward to taking on the legacy parties in this battle for representation of Wandsworth and Merton residents at London Assembly level, and giving my utmost to steer and improve my Party nationally on our NEC,” Ms Jones said.
“By electing me to the London Assembly, ordinary people living here in Merton and Wandsworth will ensure they will get heard by the new Mayor of London next year,” she said.
Elizabeth lives in Clapham. She is hoping to replace Conservative AM Richard Tracey, who is retiring at the election. The other candidates announced so far are: Merton Councillor David Dean (Conservative), Wandsworth Councillor Leonie Cooper (Labour) and Esther Obiri-Darko (Green Party).
“The biggest single thing that the London government does is transport, and I endure, along with many hundreds of thousands of my fellows, the miseries of our suburban railway network here in south London every single day. I know what people’s priorities are – they require safe, reasonably priced, reliable and dignified public transport,” said Elizabeth, who has also campaigned against hospital parking charges.
“We must also put a stop to the profligate waste of hard-pressed people’s tax money on huge pay deals for Transport for London’s obscenely overpaid executives – those many millions of pounds must be diverted to actual transport improvements,” promised Ms Jones, a seasoned UKIP campaigner, who became only the second woman after the late Lady Margaret Thatcher, to stand in a General Election for the Kent seat of Dartford, where she scooped 20% of the vote.
January 8, 2016