Following the resignation of Heidi Alexander, Lewisham East constituency will be facing a by-election on June 14th 2018. If you want to take part in the election you must be registered by May 29th.
What is a by-election?
A by-election is a bit like a mini-general election, held in a single constituency to decide upon a new MP, following the seat becoming ‘vacant’ between two general elections. They are usually held because the incumbent MP has resigned, died or been convicted for a serious criminal offence. (Find out more).
The Labour Party: Janet Daby
Daby has been a councillor in Lewisham since 2010 and is described as a ‘moderate’ within the Labour Party.
She has previously worked in social care and currently acts as the director of the Whitefoot and Downham Community Food + Project, which tackles food poverty.
Upon being announced as a candidate, Daby outlined her campaign priorities, vowing to campaign against hard Brexit, tackle knife crime, make the case for more affordable homes and drive up school standards.
The Conservative Party: Ross Archer
Archer, who grew up on a council estate, has lived in Lewisham since he was six years old.
He is a local scout leader and works for a not-for-profit company.
Discussing his priorities for the area, Archer said; “my priorities are fixing our local schools, campaigning to get Grove Park station changed from Zone 4 to Zone 3, making sure the council builds the homes local people need and getting more visible policing on our streets..”
Liberal Democrats: Lucy Salek
Salek, who is the chair of a refugee charity and director of a humanitarian start-up, was ‘born and raised’ in Lewisham.
Her campaigning priorities include campaigning for an ‘exit to Brexit’, tackling violent crime, improving secondary schools
Green Party: Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah
Adoo-Kissi-Debrah has a background in Education and has been involved with education, heathcare & asthma organisations.
Her campaign priorities include air pollution, secondary education, tackling youth crime and a right to vote on the final Brexit deal.
UKIP: David Kurten
Kurten is currently a member of the London Assembly.
He will be standing on a platform advocating a ‘full brexit’, and a tough stance on policing and crime, including the reintroduction of ‘stop and search’.
Women's Equality Party: Mandu Reid
Reid currently works at an NGO, raising awareness of menstrual cups and ending the stigma of menstruation.
She is campaigning on issues including childcare, social care, violence against women and girls.
For Britain: Anne Marie Waters (
Democrats & Veterans: Massimo DiMambro ()
Monster Raving Loony Party: Howling Laud Hope (@Official_MRLP)
Young People’s Party: Thomas Bartholomew Hall ()
Libertarian Party: Sean Edward Finch ()
Radical Party: Patrick Hugo Gray ()
Christian Peoples Alliance: Maureen Martin (@CPALondon)
Independent: Charles Edward Carey (twitter unknown)
Who won last time?
Heidi Alexander, the former Labour MP, won the constituency for a third time in the 2017 General Election where she increased her majority by 12.3%.
How do I vote?
If you want to vote, you must be registered!
You can now register to vote online, its very quick and easy to do. You just need to know your name, address and your national insurance number.
Once registered, you and your neighbors will begin to receive a polling card in the post from the 16th May. These cards will have details of their your nearest polling station.
Polling stations open from 7am – 10pm on the day of the election.
When you get to the polling station the staff will give you a ballot paper. If there is more than one election taking place in your local area on the same day you may receive more than one ballot paper.
You can then take your ballot paper into one of the polling booths so that no one can see who you are voting for. Read the ballot paper carefully, if you have been given several ballot papers make sure you know which election you are voting in.
Mark your ballot paper according to the instructions. Usually you are asked to put an X in the box of your preferred candidate.