MP con­firms he will run again cam­paign­ing for pub­lic ser­vices

The Wharf - - News - Pippa Allen-Kin­ross

Dock­lands MP Stephen Timms has con­firmed he will run again in his sev­enth elec­tion.

Mr Timms, who has been a Labour MP for East Ham since 1994 and served as a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter, has said he is ready for a “lively and en­er­getic cam­paign” af­ter Theresa May made the shock an­nounce­ment of a snap gen­eral elec­tion planned for June 8.

He said: “On be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter, Theresa May said ‘I mean what I say and I say what I mean. There won’t be an early elec­tion’. So the first les­son from this elec­tion is: Theresa May doesn’t mean what she says.

“The Prime Min­is­ter wants this cam­paign to be all about Brexit, even though Par­lia­ment has al­ready ap­proved trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50. And I will be cam­paign­ing to stop Theresa May mak­ing Bri­tain poorer, ne­go­ti­at­ing away Bri­tish jobs and hand­ing them over to Europe. But I will also be cam­paign­ing for vi­tal pub­lic ser­vices, which the Tories are dam­ag­ing so much. The Tories are cut­ting school funding. In Lon­don it’s even worse: they want to switch school funds away from Lon­don to the coun­try­side.”

“This is the sev­enth par­lia­men­tary elec­tion I have fought in East Ham. I am grate­ful for stead­fast sup­port from res­i­dents, and for the sup­port of lo­cal Labour mem­bers who will – once again – be work­ing with me on a lively and en­er­getic cam­paign.”

Mean­while, Po­plar and Lime­house MP Jim Fitz­patrick has con­firmed he will be run­ning again – de­spite be­ing just one of 13 MPs vot­ing against the elec­tion. He said: “I had said I would stand down in 2020, but it’s only 2017. I didn’t fore­see an early elec­tion and was shocked by the Prime Min­is­ter’s an­nounce­ment.”

The first les­son is that Theresa May doesn’t mean what she says Stephen Timms

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