Chingford News

Faiza Shaheen to stand as an independent candidate

The former Labour candidate said she had reached the decision following ‘hundreds of messages’ from locals who say ‘there are no options left for them’, reports Marco Marcelline

Faiza Shaheen canvassing previously in Highams Park, Credit: Adam Scott

Faiza Shaheen will stand as an independent candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green at the general election on 4th July. 

In a statement on X/Twitter, the former Labour candidate said she had reached the decision following “hundreds of messages” from locals who say “there are no options left for them”.

She said: “They are tired of the Tories but now feel they can’t trust Labour. They feel disenfranchised by Labour’s decision to remove me and feel it would be impossible for the party to win here without a local candidate, rooted in the community, and that such a voice is vitally needed.”

Promoting her background as a Chingford local, Faiza said the area deserved better than “a mansion-dwelling Conservative MP, far removed from the reality of ordinary people’s lives”.

The former Labour candidate was deselected one day after she had a meeting with a Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) panel over 14 tweets she liked from 2014 to 2024. 

Brent councillor Shama Tatler was picked as Labour’s candidate for Chingford and Woodford Green the day after Faiza’s removal. Faiza has described Shama as someone with “no links to [the local] community”.

Shama has since appeared in campaign clips with shadow health secretary Wes Streeting and has promised to ensure the rebuild of Whipps Cross Hospital if elected. Waltham Forest Council leader Grace Williams attended the launch of her campaign over the weekend.

A local Labour voter, who asked not to be named, told the Echo he had resigned his Labour membership today in order to support Faiza’s campaign. He said: “I’m a lifelong Labour voter. I left because I didn’t think it would be right to stay as I intend to help with the campaign.” 

He added that he believed Faiza’s decision to stand as an independent was a “good” one. “There’s a lot of people like myself who are disillusioned with the Labour Party given the way she’s been treated. I think it’s interesting to see how [the election] is going to play out.” 

Asked about her chances of winning, he responded: “She’s very much of the community and judging from the [Friday 31st May] rally, there’s a groundswell of respect for her and that will go a long way with both people who maybe would’ve voted Labour in the past and also people who haven’t traditionally voted Labour but see Faiza as someone they want to represent them.”

Some, writing on X, said that Faiza’s decision to run “maximised” the chances of the incumbent Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith keeping his seat. Duncan Smith has held the seat since 1992. His office was contacted for comment. 


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