Ruth Cadbury says she’s ready for the election

Theresa May’s surprise announcement of a snap election in June has caught everyone on the hop. The Conservatives in Brentford and Isleworth don’t even have a candidate at the moment. Labour MP for Brentford and Isleworth Ruth Cadbury, speaking ten minutes after the announcement was made, said that she’s ready to fight an election. It will be fought with the current constituency boundaries, which is to her advantage. Proposed boundary changes would put swathes of Labour voters out of her area but will not now come in to force until after the election. But her majority at the last election was the slimmest of slivers at 465 votes, so there is all to play for. Ruth says both she personally and the Labour party are ready to fight the election in June. “What the Conservative Government has done is devastating.” She listed three key reasons: “People on the lowest incomes are worse off. They’ve completely screwed up our relations with other countries, the way they went in to the referendum with no preparation and without any Plan B and the decision to plough ahead with the third runway at Heathrow”. I asked her whether the election would in effect be a second Brexit referendum, to which she replied: “We can’t reverse that decision. We need to fight for a decent deal, access to the single market, workers’ rights, environmental rights. A second referendum on Brexit is not at the top of our agenda”. She said that she is going in to the general election with confidence as she is representing the people who elected her and who she has been representing for the past two years.