This week MPs vote on the Brexit bill. The people of Lewisham East also have a vote and a choice, either they send me to Parliament, safe in the knowledge that I will vote against a Tory Brexit, or they can back Labour so that Jeremy Corbyn has yet another MP to send through the government voting lobby.
Lewisham has watched the Labour Leadership for two years patiently waiting for them to listen to the public on Brexit. We simply cannot wait any longer.
The Leave campaign was dishonest about money, immigration and trade, and won only a narrow victory. Jeremy Corbyn half-heartedly campaigned with Remain, and since then he has told us we must roll over and accept Brexit at any costs.The day after the referendum Jeremy Corbyn called for Article 50 to be triggered instantly.
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In fact, if Jeremy Corbyn had have got his way we would be leaving the EU just 13 days after this by-election, on June 14.
Remain voters in Lewisham have looked on in shock: former MP Heidi Alexander was respected for being ardently pro-EU and for doing her best to represent the interests of her constituents, but we can only conclude that she eventually stood down because of the sheer weight of Euroscepticism from Jeremy Corbyn's office.
The pro-EU MPs in Labour are being silenced by their leader. The only way to give pro-EU MPs from all parties a louder voice is by voting for the most pro-EU candidate in this election, and that means voting Liberal Democrat.
Since 2016 the incompetence of the Labour and Conservative parties has been unbelievable. On the one side we have Theresa May, who - two years down the line - still has no cohesive plan for the country. And on the other you have the Labour Party blocking any move by backbenchers and the Liberal Democrats to stay in the Single Market and the Customs Union.
As I fight to be elected here in Lewisham, my Liberal Democrat colleagues in Parliament are battling against the Tory Brexit while Labour plan to abstain on our motion to stay in the Single Market. In Lewisham this is seen as a sad indictment of what the party has become.They have refused to back amendments secured by Liberal Democrats in the Lords. How can they say they oppose the Government and yet stand aside when it comes to saving our place in the Single Market?
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