MP confirms he will run again campaigning for public services
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