Marian Newton is the Reform UK Prospective GLA Candidate for Croydon and Sutton in the upcoming London elections. We spoke with Marian about her decision to stand.
Can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers?
Born and grew up in North Derbyshire. I went to art school, and a college of technology. I then decided to move to London, and then abroad, to work on the airlines. I had always voted Conservative. It was like a religion in my family. In 2013/14 I became disillusioned with them and joined UKIP, then I joined the ‘Brexit Party’ which became ‘Reform UK’.
What made you decide to stand for Reform UK?
I was asked to, and I’d like to give the people of Croydon and Sutton the chance to vote for a new common-sense party. I believe this country needs drastically reforming, and I just want to help with this as much as I can.
You’re the GLA Candidate for Croydon and Sutton what’s made you decide to represent this area, and what do you see as the big concerns for the constituency?
Being outer London boroughs ULEZ, and the general war on motoring is a major issue. Much of Croydon and Sutton is best accessed by car, and local amenities might be across the border in Surrey. Croydon and more recently Sutton has been blighted by knife crime, Reform will hold the Met Police to account on targeting this terrible crime blighting so many young lives. Sutton suffers from poor public transport, and better services to London is a key concern. In Croydon we have seen the demise of the town centre, and I would want to work with MPs, and Councillors across parties to do all we can to revive this major shopping destination.
More widely what would you like to see change in London from the Mayor and GLA?
To get rid of the ULEZ, completely, to start with. It is totally unacceptable to treat the ordinary, hardworking, members of society, with these astronomical charges!
For those eager to help, how can they get involved in the campaign?