Meet our candidate - Lucy Salek
Lucy Salek is the Liberal Democrat candidate in the Lewisham East by-election taking place on 14th June 2018.
On being selected by local members, Lucy said:
I am really honoured to be able to represent the area in which I grew up and now live. Now, more than ever, society appears fractured, and during my campaign I will focus on the need to address these deep divides and work together as a community. In this month’s local election we have shown that the Liberal Democrats are still a force to be reckoned with, and I am positive we will continue our success in this by-election.
Lucy is an independent trainer and consultant with more than 10 years of experience in capacity building and training for humanitarian and development organisations. She is also Chair of local charity Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL).
Lucy has provided training and facilitation to participants in various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East on various topics including conflict sensitivity, peacebuilding, programme quality, prevention of violent extremism and programme management. This is in addition to her previous experience in programme management and as a global advisor on operating in conflict-affected environments.
Lucy is also a specialist on working with faith based organisations and communities for development, and is the author of Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief.
In 2017 Lucy founded Opening Analysis – of which she is Director – as an organisation to provide bespoke assistance to humanitarian and global development organisations that wish to build their capacity to mainstream programme quality into programming, with a focus on ‘inclusion, sensitivity and protection’, now also offering training on the Core Humanitarian Standard.
Lucy has been out campaigning tirelessly since her selection and meeting voters across Lewisham:
The reception for us on the doorstep has been fantastic. Speaking to voters I have found they are fed up with, and frustrated by, Labour, particularly over Brexit.
Having grown up in and around the constituency I understand the other major issues here, notably knife crime and a lack of resources for our schools. As Lewisham East’s MP, tackling these problems would be among my top priorities.