Law grad who fought Brexit at Supreme Court to run as London Fields Tory candidate in elections
PUBLISHED: 09:51 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:41 10 April 2018
A law graduate who fought the government in the Article 50 Supreme Court case is running to be a Tory councillor - after quitting the Lib Dems.
Tahmid Chowdhury, 23, who grew up on a Dalston council estate, co-founded The People’s Challenge and successfully fought to preserve parliamentary sovereignty and the rights of all citizens throughout the Brexit process alongside Gina Miller.
The former pupil of Central Foundation Boys School in Shoreditch has also recently launched a free immigration advice service for EEA citizens.
Next month he will stand in London Fields in his second bid to become a councillor, having run in Islington in 2014, when he was a member of the Lib Dems.
He quit the party in 2015 and signed up as a Tory following the London Mayoral elections in 2016, shortly before the Brexit vote.
“I had become increasingly disenfranchised with Tim Farron as leader,” Tahmid told the Gazette.
“I consider myself centre/centre-right, and thought the party was moving away from its centrist coalition position.
“I think the leftward shift was a little disingenuous following what I considered very successful years in coalition.
“The sort of politics I’ve grown to dislike came to the fore over the Syrian vote in 2015 – where the Lib Dems set a series of parameters needed to vote for air strikes, and then voted for them anyway without them being met.”
That was the straw that broke the camel’s back and Tahmid quit the Lib Dems before joining the Tories, believing the government had done a good job since winning a majority.
On the upcoming elections, in which he will be running in London Fields, he said: “Labour has run Hackney for decades, and the waste and ineffectiveness has been clear since I first developed an interest in politics.
“Hackney Tories have done a huge amount of meaningful work locally; holding the council to account and doing some brilliant work in the wards represented – and indeed those where campaigners are not elected.
“Often this local impact goes unnoticed, but I think it’s genuinely valued by the local people who experience it every day. And even where not, it does have a significant impact.
“I have had some public disagreements with the government - particularly on Brexit. Despite that, I think they are the best party for Hackney in these local elections.”