In our recent poll, 60% of people who responded rating current Leyton and Wanstead MP Harry Cohen in the “Glad to see the back of him” category. So, time for a fresh face, and with the 2010 General Election looming, who are the main contenders to replace him?
John Cryer (Labour)
Born in Yorkshire but moved to London when he was 18 and has spent most of his time since then in East London.
In 1997 he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Hornchurch.
He is on the left-wing of the Labour Party and is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group. He has worked for the left-wing “Tribune” and “Morning Star” publications, for Aslef and the Transport and General Workers Union (now Unite). He is a Eurosceptic.
As Member of Parliament for Hornchurch, he had a record as a rebel. He voted against tuition fees and top-up fees for higher education, against cuts in lone parent benefits (the first major rebellion under the Blair government) and against the Iraq war. He led the successful campaign to save the Ford Dagenham car plant.
For further info see www.leytonandwansteadlabour.org.uk.
Ed Northover (Conservative)
Originally from Liverpool, Ed moved to London in 2001 to become a corporate lawyer after graduating from Oxford.
He moved to Leytonstone several years ago, and has been a Waltham Forest councillor for Larkswood Ward since 2009.
For further info see www.ednorthover.com.
Farooq Qureshi (Liberal Democrats)
A local resident for 35 years, Farooq is a Waltham Forest councillor for Forest Ward.
Farooq served as mayor for Waltham Forest from May 2006 to May 2007.
For further info see leyton-wansteadlibdems.org.uk.