Matt Uberoi

From serving a sentence to serving people: Chelsea and Fulham Labour candidate hopes past won’t impact politics

By Rhys Noye-Allen
December 8 2019, 23.00

The Labour candidate for Chelsea and Fulham is hoping his criminal past will not hinder his attempts to oust Conservative Greg Hands.

Matt Uberoi was jailed for 12 months in 2009 for insider trading.

During his degree at Bath University, Mr Uberoi undertook a six-month placement at Hoare Govett, the broker of Dutch bank ABN Amro.

While there, he passed illegal share tips to his father concerning company takeover bids which would affect the price of shares.

After serving his sentence, he is now hoping to serve his community and help the most vulnerable in society.

He tweeted: “Older people are being let down by the social care crisis the Tories have created.”

Although some voters may be perturbed by Mr Uberoi’s past, the Labour Party is confident in its candidate.

A spokesman said: “Matt will be a strong advocate for Labour’s plans to govern our society in the interests of the many, not the elite few.

“He has been honest and upfront about the serious mistake he made 13 years ago and has shown his deep and genuine remorse.”

Liberal Democrat candidate and former investment banker Nicola Horlick is keen to redress inequality in Britain.

The mother of six was inspired to get involved with politics immediately after the 2016 referendum.

She told the Daily Mail: “I got sick of just shouting at the television every night. I decided I had to get up and do something to stop Brexit.”

Outside of Brexit, Ms Horlick is determined to put her liberal values into action.

She said: “I’ve always been a Liberal. I have never been a Conservative, nor ever once voted Conservative.

“Maybe I was brainwashed by my family, but now I think I’m just naturally very liberal-minded. I want to do something about the inequalities in our society.

“I think it’s completely unacceptable for nurses to end up using food banks.”

Animal Welfare Party (AWP) candidate Sam Morland is standing in Chelsea and Fulham, having previously stood in the European Parliament elections.

The AWP is primarily concerned with securing a better future for people, animals and the environment. 

The party aims to phase out animal experimentation and farming practices that have poor welfare consequences for animals.

Read more about what’s important to south west London constituencies in our 24-page General Election preview special.

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