He will stand for the Wimbledon constituency in upcoming General Election
Stephen Hammond will stand in Wimbledon on a Conservative ticket after he was backed by local party members at a meeting on Friday (November 1).
He was adopted as Conservative candidate in the forthcoming General Election within a week of having the Tory whip in the House of Commons restored by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He had rebelled in the Commons over the issue of a no-deal Brexit, voting against the Government on some key bills and abstaining on others. He was expelled from the Parliamentary Conservative Party in September.
But just before the Commons voted for an early General Election on December 12, Mr Hammond was one of ten former Conservatives who had the whip restored.
After being adopted by Wimbledon Conservatives, he said on Twitter: "It has been a privilege to serve as your MP for the past 14 years. My priority has always been to fight for our area as a strong voice in Westminster. I am ambitious for our area and I want to continue fighting to make it an even better place to live."
The 2016 EU referendum saw 77.2% of those who voted in Wimbledon back the 'Remain' campaign. Mr Hammond, who has represented Wimbledon since 2005, won 46.5% of the vote in 2017.
The Lib-Dem candidate for Wimbledon is local Councillor Paul Kohler and the Labour candidate is local teacher Jackie Schneider. All began campaigning in the constituency this weekend.
November 3, 2019