General Election 2019: Meet the Streatham candidates

By Anetha Sivananthan and Ronan Barnard
November 14 2019, 12.25

Chuka Umunna won the seat for Labour in 2017 with a 47.1% majority, with 38,212 votes giving him a 68.5% share of the vote, an increase of 15.5% on the 2015 election. 

The constituency voted 79.46% to remain in the EU referendum. 

The seat, which was created in 1918, has been held by Labour since 1992, when they won it from the Conservatives.

Umuna, the MP since 2010, is not standing again after electing to contest Cities of London & Westminster for the Liberal Democrats.

Scott Ainslie (Green Party)

Scott Ainslie is the current MEP for London since June 2019, when he was elected with 12.4% of the vote. He has also been a member of Lambeth council since 2014. In 2018 he was re-elected to the council with four other Green Party candidates, replacing the Conservatives as the largest opposition party in the area. He has been a professional actor since 1994.

He said: “Streatham has been my home for over 20 years, my family are growing up here and it is my passion to make it a safer, cleaner, greener and fairer place to live, work and thrive.

“It’s time for London’s first Green MP.”

Twitter: @scottMEPLondon

Penelope Becker (Brexit)

Twitter: @brexitparty_uk

Rory O’Broin (Conservative Party)

Rory O’Broin is a corporate lawyer for AIG specialising in corporate finance and private equity transactions, and was elected as a Conservative councillor for Wandsworth in 2018.

He said: “Absolutely delighted to be selected as the Conservative candidate for Streatham.”

Twitter: @roryobroin

Bell Ribeiro-Addy (Labour) 

Chief of Staff and political advisor to the shadow home Secretary Dianne Abbott.

Her biography says she strives to transform the work place for women and is an avid supporter of workers’ rights. Bell claims to be a proud feminist and a member of both Amnesty International’s campaigns and impact sub-committee and Unite the Nation, the UK and Ireland’s largest trade union.

Twitter: @BellRibeiroAddy

Helen Thompson (Liberal Democrats)

After leaving her career as a civil servant more than two years ago, Helen Thompson claims she will be a consistent and committed voice for the many benefits of remaining in the EU. She helped successfully change the Liberal Democrats policy on protecting rainforests and is committed to stepping up the discussion on climate change and talking about isolation among both the elderly and young people

“I got into politics because I know Brexit is wrong for our county’s future. I want an open, inclusive, outward-looking Britain. As a Streatham MP, I will always fight to keep us in the EU.” 

Twitter: @HelenV_Thompson

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