Amna Ahmad has been selected overwhelmingly as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam.
The Liberal Democrats are now ready to fight a general election, selecting candidates in areas with a proud liberal tradition, such as Sutton and Cheam.
This follows reports that the new prime minister might take the country to the polls early, before a possible recession and to take advantage of Labour in-fighting.
As the former London Assembly candidate for Sutton, Amna has a strong record of fighting for people; having campaigned for better trains, half price fares and more affordable housing for local residents.
Amna Ahmad said: “I am really proud to have been selected. It would be a huge honour to represent this wonderful area.
“I am well aware that Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park does have its challenges. As such, my three campaign priorities will be to improve train services, provide more school places for local families and protect local health services.
“Nationally the country is in crisis. Both the Conservatives and Labour are focused entirely on in-fighting while the economy worsens, threatening jobs, public services and our efforts to build the houses Britain so badly needs.
“The Liberal Democrats are well placed to fight a general election whenever it is held and I am raring to build on our local tradition of delivering for local people. Since the referendum we have signed more than 17,500 new members nationally including a large number in Sutton.
Ahmad continued with a strong case for growing the national support of the Lib Dems:
“The Conservatives have destroyed their reputation for economic competence, with investment plummeting, putting Sutton jobs at risk. Their vicious cuts to local government are putting a strain on our community services. Labour has given up even trying to speak to the British people, and is engaged in a vicious fight with itself. We, meanwhile, are selecting candidates in key seats.
“Only the Liberal Democrats are an open, optimistic and united party committed to spreading opportunity for the next generation and focus on re-building the British economy to protect jobs and services.”
Former Sutton and Cheam MP, Paul Burstow said: “I am delighted that Amna Ahmad will be fighting for Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. We have a strong liberal tradition in the area and I am confident that Amna will continue this, and make sure the voices of local residents are heard, as our MP.”