Election 2017: Labour candidate Bilal Mahmood to stand against Iain Duncan Smith for the Chingford and Woodford Green seat
PUBLISHED: 18:00 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:47 08 December 2017
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With the general election fast approaching, the candidates are launching their campaigns as they battle for a seat in the House of Commons.
Chingford & Woodford Green candidates
Iain Duncan Smith – Conservative Party
Bilal Mahmood – Labour Party
Deborah Unger – Liberal Democrats
Sinead King – Green Party
Chingford and Woodford Green is considered a Conservative stronghold, having been blue since it was created in 1997, but with 24 days left to go, could there be an upset?
Waltham Forest resident Bilal Mahmood, who will be standing as a Labour candidate in the election, believes there may be, as Remain supporters switch allegiance.
Bilal, a practising solicitor by profession, previously stood in 2015, where came second and obtained 12,613 votes, which was the highest count for Labour since 1997.
He was beaten by the longstanding Conservative candidate Iain Duncan Smith, who won by a majority of 8,386 votes.
Bilal said: “I’m humbled and excited to be selected to represent the Labour Party.
“In just two years, the Conservative Government have weakened our economy and made the lives of working families harder and their futures deeply uncertain.
“Iain Duncan Smith has played a key role in these failures, as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and his hardline but ill-advised views on Brexit.
“I look forward to making the case for a better, fairer alternative.
“I’ll do so by meeting and speaking to as many constituents as I can.
“It is my hope to give the residents of Chingford and Woodford Green a voice in Parliament that reflects them.”