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General Election 24: Interview with Lib Dem candidate, Riad Mannan

Elections / Tue 4th Jun 2024 at 07:17am

ON SUNDAY afternoon, we met up with Harlow’s Lib Dem candidate Riad Mannan.

Cast your mind backs and the Lib Dems had an influence in the political life of Harlow.

Back in the 2019 General Election, they cast just under 3,000 votes.

So what are there hopes this time?

We met up with Riad to see how he was approaching the challenges over the next four weeks.

For all our General Election coverage go to: https://www.yourharlow.com/category/politics/elections/

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8 Comments for General Election 24: Interview with Lib Dem candidate, Riad Mannan:

Broken System
2024-06-04 12:56:19

Seems like a decent bloke but sadly the Libdems have let themselves drop from the spotlight over the past few years in Harlow. Basically haven't put any effort in to any local elections. They don't even go to the election results from what I understand. Then they spring up for a general election like they stand a chance?

David Forman
2024-06-04 13:41:47

Research by the London School of Economics in 2022 looked at turnout in elections by having a deep dive into 58 studies from around the world. Their conclusion was: "Trust in politics has a reasonable correlation with a range of outcomes, including vote choice, turnout, and policy preferences." See study at https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/political-trust-meta-analysis/

David Forman
2024-06-04 13:47:17

Michael Casey asks at 3mins 43secs about apathy, cynicism and less than 30 percent turnout in local elections. Given the conclusion of the LSE study mentioned above, what does that say about how trusted our local politicians are?

David Forman
2024-06-04 14:27:29

In the recent local election two wards were at the bottom of the pile for turnout: Little Parndon & Town Centre on 26.11% and Netteswell on 24.91%. Both wards returned Labour councillors.

Matthew Gillman
2024-06-04 19:09:36

I'm hard of hearing. A transcript would be helpful. A lot of distortion on the video!

Mark Lavender
2024-06-06 12:20:04

Netteswell used to be a LibDem ward so maybe the low turnout might be due to a disillusioned electorate?

Riad Mannan
2024-06-09 21:15:06

Hi Matthew, thanks for your comment. I have put below what I said in the interview: Why am I standing? – because I want to help people live their best lives, with policies that will have a positive impact on their lives. I want to provide a third option on the ballot. Examples of LibDem policies? – we want to make sure there are enough dentist in the local area and have more doctors. Have the people been poorly served by the NHS? Not the NHS, but by the government. Underinvestment in the last 14 years have to be tackled. This didn’t happen overnight – there has been consistent underfunding by the conservative government. Labour have said they will carry on with the same spending proposals, so you won’t get any change with Labour MP or a Conservative MP. I’m offering something different. Similar experience between Stevenage and Harlow? Yes, similar background, similar opportunities and challenges. Derelict places that should be revamped, lack of opportunities for young people, schools or hospitals, with not enough doctors. Why are LibDems not breaking through in Harlow? We will put together positive policies. I recognise that we are the underdog, we don’t have the resources, but want to challenge the idea that it’s a two-horse race, with practical policies. How can you change voter apathy and cynicism? We need to excite people, give them a reason to vote with new policy ideas. Ultimately, politics maters in their lives, whether its doctors or dentists appointments or the crumbling school. I want to engage people. Enjoying the campaign? Yes, am enjoying talking to people, about their challenges. It’s not about me or the LibDems, it’s actually about them. Hospital and school issues may be bread and butter issues, but for them it is crucial. Our job is to look after them and provide solutions. Hope that helps! Thanks.

Riad Mannan
2024-06-09 21:56:00

Hi Matthew, Just thought I would write here what I said in response to the questions – hope that helps. Why am I standing? – because I want to help people live their best lives, with policies that will have a positive impact on their lives. I want to provide a third option on the ballot. Examples of LibDem policies? – we want to make sure there are enough dentist in the local are. We want to ensure we have more doctors. Have the people been poorly served by the NHS? Not the NHS, but by the government. Underinvestment in the last 14 years have to be tackled. This didn’t happen overnight – there has been consistent underfunding by the conservative government. Labour have said they will carry on with the same spending proposals, so you won’t get any change with Labour MP or a Conservative MP. I’m offering something different. Similar experience between Stevenage and Harlow? Yes, similar background, similar opportunities and challenges. Derelict places that should be revamped, lack of opportunities for young people, schools or hospitals, with not enough doctors. Why are LibDems not breaking through in Harlow? We will put together positive policies. I recognise that we are the underdog, we don’t have the resources, but want to challenge the idea that it’s a two-horse race, with practical policies. How can you change voter apathy and cynicism? We need to excite people, give them a reason to vote with new policy ideas. Ultimately, politics maters in their lives, whether its doctors or dentists appointments or the crumbling school. I want to engage people. Enjoying the campaign? Yes, am enjoying talking to people, about their challenges. It’s not about me or the LibDems, it’s actually about them. Hospital and school issues may be bread and butter issues, but for them it is crucial. Our job is to look after them and provide solutions.

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