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Faiza Shaheen formally launches second bid to unseat Iain Duncan Smith

Speaking at an event in Chingford last Thursday, the Labour challenger argued the country ‘desperately needs a change of government’

Credit: Chingford and Woodford Green Labour Party

Faiza Shaheen, Labour Party parliamentary candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green, has launched her campaign to unseat the current constituency MP, Iain Duncan Smith, in July’s General Election.

Speaking at an event in Chingford on Thursday, Faiza Shaheen argued that the country “desperately” needs a change of government and slammed the Conservatives  for having “crashed the economy, created a £46bn hole in the public finances, seen the biggest tax raising parliament in history and decimated the NHS”.  

Faiza said: “The Conservatives have ravaged this country in so many ways. Child poverty is at record  levels. NHS waiting lists are also at record levels. We’ve seen more than 800 libraries  closed across the country. And behind each of these statistics there are so many people  that are struggling, that are suffering.

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She continued: The Tories have normalised all this and It’s almost  the biggest damage they have done. So many people now think that the inability to get a doctor’s appointment, the struggle to pay rent, not being able to afford food, are all how life  should be, and that’s not ok.”  

Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith has been hitting the campaign trail with former Home Secretary Priti Patel. In a post this week on X/formerly Twitter, Patel said: “Wonderful to be out in Woodford supporting my great friend and Conservative visionary Iain Duncan Smith alongside our Party Chairman Rich Holden.

“The residents of Chingford and Woodford Green have a strong voice in Parliament with Iain. His local track record of delivery and his ability to get stuff done is second to none. On the 4th July there is only one candidate trusted to deliver for Chingford and Woodford Green and that’s IDS.”

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