Laetisia Carter was Witney CLP’s Candidate in the election on 8 June, coming a creditable second to the incumbent MP, Robert Courts. This is how she described herself and her aims:
“I am proud to be standing as your Labour candidate. Proud because I live in West Oxfordshire, where I was born, raised and educated. Proud to stand for the humane, intelligent and inclusive values of the Labour party. Proud to stand for the many, not the few.
“I am a seasoned campaigner. As a hardworking district councillor, I get the issues. I listen to people, and I get things done. After 13 years working for Thames Valley Police and in the NHS, I know which way is up. As a mother of two, I understand the struggles local families face. I have fought against the unthinking Tory cuts to public services – to the fabric of our lives in West Oxfordshire. In particular, I have fought against the closures of children’s centres across the constituency.
“As your MP I will battle to reverse damaging cuts across the NHS. I will battle cuts in our school budgets and teacher numbers. I will battle for funding to repair our roads, which are a shameful disgrace. I will battle for properly funded police services as crime becomes ever more complex.
“And Brexit looms. We must get a good deal. We must maintain our close security and trading relationships with Europe. Not for the 48% or the 52% but for everyone. Labour can do this.
“I have an open, collaborative approach to problem solving. I get things done as a result. I will be a passionate, energetic, dedicated MP – a strong, tenacious West Oxfordshire voice.”
Laetisia introduces herself further in this short video:
Laetisia took part in a debate on the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme on 14 May – watch it on YouTube here.
And later she tweeted this reaction from one of the voters who took part:
— Laetisia Carter (@laetisiacarter) May 14, 2017