Lewisham, Deptford

Lewisham, Deptford is located in Greater London. It was created in its current form in 1974 and has been held by Labour ever since.

The current member of parliament is the Labour party’s Joan Ruddock who has served since 1987.

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
Lewisham Deptford

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Michael Bukola

1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
I only wish to be a constituency MP and hope to have a constituency office if I am elected. I hope that this would give constituents further opportunity to come along and share their concerns with their MP. As a former ward councillor within the London Borough of Southwark, I held regular surgeries to offer my support to those who sought information, advice and guidance and I hope to continue such a practice if elected as their MP.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
In comparison to my other counterparts, I am only candidate who was born and raised locally. Through this, I hope to be able to offer my knowledge and understanding of the various services on offer to tenants, residents and visitors to the constituency.

I have a track record of success as a local politician and experienced finance professional. I have also become successful the hard way, via a disadvantage background, raised in Peckham, South East London.

3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
Dame Joan Ruddock has undoubted success in representing Women in Parliament, her record in being amongst the first wave of women (on mass) to enter into Parliament deserves our respect.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
Unemployment falling, wages raising and inflation rock bottom for the first time in our lifetime…..the fastest growing economy in the G7….I am proud of our record as Liberal Democrats in Government, mistakes were made but overall the future is bright by taking difficult and unpopular decisions in the short term.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
I believe immigration is vital to Britain’s prosperity. I don’t believe we can have a sensible discussion on levels of immigration until we put back in place proper ‘exit checks’(removed by the previous Labour Government) which will tell us who is coming in and who is coming out.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
We have experienced slow growth but latest figures actually show that living standards are rising again and with inflation figures at rock bottom, the price of food, energy and rent will begin to regulate itself…..the Economy is going in the right direction thank to the Liberal Democrats.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Liberal Democrats believe that more investment is required in the NHS and that’s why we are prepared to invest more than any other Political Party by investing £8bn in the next Parliament. We have also said there should be parity of care with those who have mental health concerns alongside those who have physical concerns and will have this enshrined in law.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
The Coalition Government has embarked on the biggest programme of apprenticeships seen in recent years, delivering over 2 million to young people. On the whole, unemployment is falling with more people entering higher education than ever before, with a particular emphasis on those young people from disadvantage backgrounds thanks to the Liberal Democrats.

Is it enough? No. Could we be doing more, Yes, and we will if this electorate gives us the opportunity.

9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
In all honesty, I would have to say Yes. As a Liberal, I would hope that ones’ educational background or ones’ cultural heritage had no bearing on how one would represent their constituents but we don’t live in such a world and as such, we do need a Parliament that is reflective, inclusive and diverse as our multi-national, multi-cultural Nation.
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
We live in a democracy and I would respect the decision of the British people should an EU referendum come along. As a Liberal Democrat and as an Internationalist, I would advocate that we stay in the EU….it is self-evidently the largest trading block in the western world and to be frozen out of that market by virtue of being out of the EU is not what business wants. If we believe in creating jobs for the unemployed, why would we consider leaving the very market that so many jobs depend.

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