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Lib Dems pick Humaira Ali to take on Neil Coyle at next election

James Hatts

Cllr Humaira Ali has been selected by local Liberal Democrats as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the Bermondsey & Old Southwark constituency.

Humaira Ali

Cllr Ali was elected to Southwark Council a year ago in the closely fought London Bridge & West Bermondsey ward election.

In July last year Sir Simon Hughes announced he was stepping back from front-line politics before later that summer taking up the post of chancellor of London South Bank University.

Party members picked their new candidate at a meeting held on Saturday at The Grange pub in Grange Road.

Cllr Ali – who works as a change management consultant – beat four others shortlisted for the candidature: Imad Ahmed, Kaweh Beheshtizadeh, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett and Emily Tester.

In her pitch to party members, Cllr Ali said: "I've lived here in Bermondsey for a decade and am In love with my community; so much so that I stood for council against Labour and with grit, commitment and determination, I won."

• Liberal Democrats have also announced the selection of Florence Mele as their candidate for the London Assembly's Lambeth & Southwark constituency at next year's City Hall elections.

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