My name’s Chris Clark and I’m the transport worker who wants to be the first Labour MP for the Cities of London & Westminster.
I’ve worked in the heart of this constituency for over ten years, at London Underground’s iconic head office building, 55 Broadway.
I first moved to London in 1998 to study English Literature at King’s College London on the Strand. I lived in student halls in Vincent Square, around the corner from the office where I now work. In my first week at King’s, I joined the Labour Party and I went on to become Secretary and then Chair of the Labour Club.
Nineteen years later, I am an experienced campaigner with a proven track record as a councillor and a parliamentary candidate in the last three general elections. I’ve debated head to head in Parliamentary hustings with Government ministers. I’m ready to fight this General Election whenever it happens and am looking forward to presenting Labour’s case on the hustings, in the media and on the doorstep.
I’m proud to be a member of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA). I am currently a full time TSSA rep, supporting members of staff at TfL whose jobs are under review due to a major restructuring.
I’m a graduate of the Unions Together Political School and I believe that the skills I’ve developed in representing people, through many years as a workplace rep and as a Labour councillor, will stand me in good stead as a Labour MP.
I sat on TSSA’s national executive committee until earlier this year, and have played a leading role in the union’s campaigns in support of freedom of movement, and to bring our railways into public ownership. I’m also a member of the South East Region TUC Executive Committee and during the 2017 general election campaign, I worked in Jeremy Corbyn’s General Election office team in charge of trade union liaison.
I am standing for this seat because this constituency has unique extremes of wealth and poverty cheek-by-jowl with one another; you can walk past a foreign-owned investment property, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a homeless person all on the same street, and I want to be part of a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn that will redistribute power, wealth and opportunity and create a more equal society.
Labour has never won this seat before. Now it’s in play. If we win here, Labour will form the next government, and Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister. To achieve that, we need to replicate the spirit of the 2017 election campaign. That means everyone in our party working together to defeat the Tories, from now until the next election. If selected, I’ll work as hard as I can to win this seat for Labour.
I look forward to working with you on the campaign to come.