Election 2017: Labour’s Leyton and Wanstead candidate John Cryer rejects Ukip’s ‘so called endorsement’

John Cryer at the Wanstead Society Hustings last year. Picture: Ellie Hoskins

John Cryer at the Wanstead Society Hustings last year. Picture: Ellie Hoskins - Credit: Archant

John Cryer, the Labour candidate for Leyton and Wanstead, has rejected Ukip’s “so called endorsement” of him, after the anti-EU party decided not to run in the seat.

Ukip called on their members to back Mr Cryer, who campaigned for Leave, to try and ensure as many pro-Brexit MPs get elected as possible.

But the Labour candidate, who has represented Leyton and Wanstead for the last seven years, said this was a “convenient cover for their current malaise”.

“Ukip are a busted flush and simply do not have the candidates or resources to run in Leyton and Wanstead,” he said.

“I do not accept Ukip’s so called ‘endorsement’ of my candidacy.

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“If reelected I will continue to fight for our local services, NHS and the values of tolerance and respect – things which could not be further from Ukip’s agenda at this general election.”

Liberal Democrat nominee Ben Sims attacked Mr Cryer for being the “Ukip candidate”.

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He said: “John Cryer is welcome to their endorsement. They have been trying to introduce their divisive and hateful policies into British politics for years.

“Leyton and Wanstead is a fantastically diverse place, and I look forward to being an MP that represents all residents and will celebrate that diversity.

“This election is a clear choice between me and a hard Brexit supporting, Ukip backed Labour MP.”

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