Lynn Denham and her family have called Worcester home for more than 30 years. She spent her working life in the NHS, and was elected to the City Council in 2012. She knows just how hard Worcester has been hit by successive Tory governments: from the fall in wages and living standards to the crisis in the NHS, and the sharp drop in police numbers (which are at the lowest levels since the 1970s) and the rise in crime. She is fully committed to fighting for a brighter, fairer, more caring society – and part of that includes a Final Say referendum.
Worcester has been held by the Tories since 2010 – but this looks set to change. The majority more than halved in 2017, and now, it could disappear altogether. Back then, the Conservative candidate received 24,731 votes, Labour 22,223, and the Greens and Liberal Democrats a grand total of 2,968. If supporters of both latter parties vote tactically for Labour, there’s a strong chance this constituency could be represented by a pro-Final Say MP.
Team FFS: Hi Lynn! Can you tell us why you think tactical voting is key in your constituency?
The result of the 2017 General Election turned Worcester into a key marginal within only 2,508 votes between the Conservative winner and the Labour candidate. The other parties (Lib Dem, Green and UKIP) polled less than 2,000 each. I am a well known local Councillor with a city wide profile and a record of achievement in community and environmental projects. As the Labour candidate, I am best placed to beat the incumbent Tory, who has been a junior Brexit Minister. I need every single vote to make this possible.
Team FFS: Why do you back a final say referendum on any Brexit outcome?
I back a final say on Brexit. There was limited information available during the 2016 referendum. The implications, risks and any possible benefits were not well understood. People should have the chance to choose between a negotiated Brexit deal, whose conditions and implications are transparent, or Remain. Also I believe those who were too young to vote in 2016 should have the chance to vote on Britain’s future relationship with Europe.
Team FFS: Why do you think young people and students are so important in this election?
Today’s young people have grown up through the austerity of the last nine years. They have experienced funding disparity with older siblings in their education and inter-generational differences in access to affordable housing, for example. Young people have the greatest stake in the future of our country. Worcester is a university city. Those who are training to be tomorrow’s teachers, nurses, physiotherapists and lawyers will be voting for a government which can deliver their hopes and aspirations. Every vote really matters in this marginal seat and young people can decide the result of the election in Worcester.