The Hackney Liberal Democrats have selected Ben Mathis to stand as their candidate for the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency at the upcoming General Election on December 12th.
Ben has been a tireless campaigner for 13 years and has previously been a council, parliamentary and London Assembly candidate.
Ben grew up in the West Midlands, moving to London in 2000 and has lived in Hackney since 2009.
Before starting his own small business this year, Ben spent seven years working locally for London Overground and was part of the team that successfully managed visitors during the London 2012 Olympics - for which he won a London Transport Award.
Within politics, Ben served as Chair of the local Lib Dems in 2016-17 and has led the party's presence at London LGBT Pride for several years.
Like many people living in Hackney North, Ben has become ever more frustrated with the current MP and the Labour Party's failure to take a strong stance to keep Britain in the EU and is standing on an unambiguously pro-European platform - Stop Brexit.
On his selection Ben commented:
“I am very proud to be standing in Hackney, the place where I have lived and campaigned for many years. Hackney is a liberal borough in so many ways, and those open and tolerant values are exactly what I want to fight for as the new MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.
"The Liberal Democrats have consistently fought Brexit since before the 2016 referendum and over the last 3 years we have been crystal clear that we must stop Brexit and that is why, if we win the election, we will revoke article 50 and stop this madness the very next day.
"The choice for remainers is clear- vote Lib Dem to Stop Brexit.
"Meanwhile over that same 3 year period Labour have voted with the Tories or abstained on 29 key Brexit votes including the triggering of article 50 and have failed to support a People’s Vote on 6 occasions. No matter what they say now, Corbyn’s Labour have been walking hand in hand with the Brexiteers.