Election 2017: Former Ilford North MP Lee Scott kicks off comeback in Woodford Green
PUBLISHED: 17:36 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 09 May 2017
Former Ilford North MP Lee Scott launched his comeback yesterday by knocking on hundreds of doors in Woodford Green.
Mr Scott, who had previously said he would not stand again, was rushed into campaign mode by Theresa May’s surprise call for a general election.
The prospective Tory candidate along with Cllr Emma Best (Con, Church End) and a team of activists spoke to more than 200 residents two days after the snap poll was announced.
Mr Scott represented the constituency of Ilford North for 10 years until he was defeated by Wes Streeting in 2015.
Despite saying two weeks ago that he would not stand again, when the June election was called he was inundated by residents asking him to make a representation.
“I will tell you now it wasn’t my intention to, I think people know that, but I had over 200 emails, texts and letters asking me to put myself forward,” Mr Scott told the Recorder.
“Two weeks ago it was safe to say I thought the general election was in 2020, I had no prior knowledge, I have now decided to do so (stand for election).”
Cllr Best said the team had a “better than expected” response from residents on the doorstep.
Issues including Brexit and the need for a stable government were key topics that households spoke about.
“He is a great MP and at a time when some MPs don’t want Jeremy Corbyn as a man in charge of their party, I think it is important to not support anyone but Lee Scott,” said Cllr Best
“Ilford North will be one of the tightest constituencies to call but I didn’t speak to anyone that was going to vote Labour.”
Mr Scott looks set to be confirmed as the candidate at a special general meeting of the Ilford North Conservative Association on Wednesday.
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