Janet Daby has been selected by members as the Labour Party candidate for the Lewisham East by-election. After a hard-fought contest Janet came through in the first round of voting at the selection meeting this morning in Lewisham.

Janet Daby is the Deputy Mayor for the London Borough of Lewisham. She has lived in Lewisham East for over 22 years and her children attend school there. She has been a Local Councillor in Lewisham East since 2010 and in 2012 was promoted to the Mayor’s Cabinet as member for Community Safety. She has an excellent and proven track record of delivering positive change.

Janet Daby is also a Director of The Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project, an organisation which combats food poverty and isolation. Her professional background is in Volunteer Management and in Children’s Social Care, where she last worked as a Registered Fostering Manager.

Janet Daby, Labour’s candidate for Lewisham East said:

It is such an honour to be selected to stand as Labour’s candidate for Lewisham East. This is my home and I know the issues that matter to people because they are the same issues that matter to me. We want a good hospital, we want decent affordable housing, we want a good education and fair opportunities for all our kids, we want a transport system that is fit for purpose, and we want to live in a safe welcoming borough where everyone can feel at home.

“The Lib Dems/Tory coalition tried to close our hospital. I am proud to have been part of the campaign which stopped that, and I’m proud to have campaigned against the punitive Tory cuts that have put all our services under intolerable pressure.

“I’m also proud to have campaigned against this government’s appalling immigration policies which have caused so much heartache to a generation which helped us rebuild our country.

“I hope the people of Blackheath, Whitefoot, Lee, Hither Green, Catford, Grove Park, Rushey Green and Downham will put their trust in me to be their voice in Westminster. I look forward to working with them, Jeremy Corbyn and my Labour colleagues to bring in the radical Labour government Lewisham East so desperately needs.

Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party said:

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Janet Daby as our candidate in Lewisham East. She is a great campaigner and has already been lobbying me about Southeastern’s appalling train services. She will be a great advocate for the people of Lewisham and I look forward to working with her should she be elected on 14 June.

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