Luciana Berger to stand in Finchley and Golders Green for Lib Dems at next election

Posted On: 
26th September 2019

Luciana Berger is to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Finchley and Golders Green at the next general election.

Luciana Berger joined the Lib Dems earlier this month.
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The former Labour MP said she was quitting her Liverpool Wavertree seat for family reasons.

Ms Berger joined the Lib Dems earlier this month, having quit Labour to join the new Independent Group in February.

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She said there was now "a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation" in Jeremy Corbyn's party.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Ms Berger said it had been "an enormous privilege" to serve Liverpool Wavertree since 2010.

But she added: "Balancing personal and professional responsibilities is complicated for everyone and, as a family, we have had to work out how best to balance our work with raising our young children.

"After a great deal of thought, we have decided that after the next election — whenever that may be — we will relocate full time to London.

"I will be standing as the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley and Golders Green at the next general election.

"I will persist in standing up to Johnson and his government, who are intent on taking us to the no-deal Brexit precipice which would result in serious consequences for people’s jobs and livelihoods in London and across the country."

However, Ms Berger faces a huge challenge if she is to be re-elected.

At the last election, Finchley and Golder Green was retained by the Conservatives' Mike Freer, with a 1,600 majority over Labour.

The Lib Dems came a distant third, more than 20,000 votes behind the successful Tory candidate.