Campaign clashes as election war kicks off in Queen’s Park

The Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Party out campaigning at Queen's Park Farmers' Market

The Hampstead and Kilburn Conservative Party out campaigning at Queen's Park Farmers' Market - Credit: Archant

Candidates headed for Queen’s Park this weekend as ground war campaigning for the General Election in June kicked off.

Tulip Siddiq MP holds her regular surgery at Queen's Park Farmers' Market

Tulip Siddiq MP holds her regular surgery at Queen's Park Farmers' Market - Credit: Archant

Ed Vaizey MP, former minister for culture, communications and creative industries, joined the Hampstead and Kilburn Conservatives at the Queen’s Park Farmers Market where Tulip Siddiq MP was holding her regular ‘Meet Your MP’ event.

The visit to the market in Salusbury Primary School in Salusbury Road on Sunday is a clear signal that the Labour MP’s seat is a key Tory target.

Ms Siddiq, who has been knocking on doors in Brondesbury, Queen’s Park and Kilburn since the snap election was called last Tuesday, was heckled by a Conservative activist while talking to constiutents.

She said: “Since being elected in 2015, I have always put the needs of local people first – from voting against HS2, to standing up against the Conservative’s painful cuts to our local schools and health service.

Labour supporters gather at Queen's Park Farmers' Market

Labour supporters gather at Queen's Park Farmers' Market - Credit: Archant

“My latest ‘Meet Your MP’ event at the farmer’s market offered the usual opportunity to chat with local residents.

“I found it unfortunate however, to be met by one Conservative activist who was particularly unhappy with my stance of supporting child refugees.”

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The Hampstead and Kilburn Conservatives have yet to put forward a candidate and the selection will take place at 9pm on Tuesday evening at Hampstead Synagogue, in Dennington Park Road.

Members of the branch unveiled their election campaign literature which focuses on rival Ms Siddiq’s backing for Jeremy Corbyn for leader in 2015 and her accepting a shadow cabinet education job.

Although In January she resigned from the frontbench over Corbyn’s three-line whip over the article 50 vote after 75 per cent of her constituents voted to remain in the EU.

Ms Siddiq added: “The election in Hampstead and Kilburn will be a straight fight between Labour and the Conservatives, and a vote for any other party risks losing a strong, local, pro-European voice in Parliament.

“Our first week of campaigning has been a huge success, and I look forward to speaking with thousands of local residents in the weeks ahead, urging them to put their trust in me once again.”

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