Why I am standing?
Camberwell and Peckham is an exceptional constituency and encapsulates so much that is great about our country; beautiful parks, stunning architecture, a world class hospital and mental health centre, an excellent arts university and above all a really strong community.
It has such a wealth of diversity of cultures, nationalities and religions all living together with an energy, creativity, vibrancy and coherence that I do not see reflected in national politics.
I am standing to give the people of Camberwell and Peckham a new option and a credible alternative to the existing parties. While I don’t particularly expect to be voted as MP for Camberwell and Peckham at this Election, I do believe in the immense importance of voting. Votes are the only way to generate real change and to protect the things we love. The votes we cast in a General Election should be a positive choice and we shouldn’t have to settle for the least-worst option.
I am 32. I have waited 14 years now for a party to vote for that I believe in. I’m excited to have found it and I feel honoured to be a Whig party candidate. I hope the people of Camberwell and Peckham will share in my excitement for a brighter, fairer and more progressive future.
My vision for Camberwell and Peckham
Those of us who live here know how much it is changing, and how much potential it has. The next twenty years could be a golden age for this area, as long as the people who make it so great are not priced out of it. The Whig Party stands up for ‘Generation Rent’, and we believe that Britain needs to build more homes. I will argue in favour of 3-5 year contracts for renters, and for more mixed tenure housing and social housing to be built on unused land that is owned by local councils, including Southwark. As a Whig Member of Parliament I will argue that we can ensure Britain’s economic growth by increasing productivity and government investment. In Camberwell and Peckham I would support bringing the Cycle Hire Scheme here, and extending the Bakerloo Line to serve both Old Kent Road and Peckham Rye.
I was born in South-West London and lived there all my life before moving to Camberwell two years ago. I was state school educated and then was fortunate enough to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University. For the past seven years I have worked as a business consultant in South London. In my spare time I have studied finance and passed all 3 levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams. I did this mainly as a result of seeing the devastating impact of the global financial crisis. If the likes of complex derivatives products and credit-backed securities could cause so much damage to peoples’ lives, I wanted to be sure I understood exactly what they are.
I like cycling around London, disco music and sugarcraft.
You can find me on Twitter @Fe_Diddy