Lib Dems select Tottenham MP candidate

1:00pm Saturday 15th February 2014

By Jaber Mohamed

An engineer hopes to build a better Tottenham when he stands to become the MP for the area.

Turhan Ozen has been selected as the Liberal Democrat's parliamentary candidate to run against David Lammy in Tottenham at the 2015 general election.

The Turkish-born politician, who has lived in London for 17 years, has a doctorate in engineering and works as a software engineer.

Dr Ozen said: "I am honoured to have been chosen as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Tottenham and will be working hard for the people of Tottenham, who are struggling with the increasing cost of living and unemployment.

“I will fight to make sure that ordinary residents are heard in the plans to regenerate Tottenham to make sure that this transformation benefits them and does not move ahead disregarding their concerns and objections.”

Dr Ozen co-founded the group Liberal Democrat Friends of Turkey and is on the executive at Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats, a platform for championing equalities and human rights.

He previously stood as a council candidate in Islington in 2010 and has been working with Haringey Liberal Democrats in Tottenham for the last few years.

Dr Ozen added: “I am also delighted to join the Haringey Liberal Democrat team, who have worked hard for many years to help residents and hold the local Labour council to account.

“I have already spent a lot of time to talking to the local community in Harringay and on Green Lanes.”

Councillor Richard Wilson, the leader of Haringey Lib Dems, said: “Turhan Ozen is a great candidate for Tottenham and has already been out campaigning in Tottenham and helping residents with problems."

He added that  Dr Ozen would make an excellent MP for Tottenham which "desperately needs better representation".

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