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Election 2010: Candidate profile Laura Edge, Liberal Democrat candidate for Finchley and Golders Green
AS part of our build-up to the General Election on May 6 the Times Series is featuring a candidate profile for each of the main candidates in the three constituencies in the borough.
Today we focus on Laura Edge, the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Finchley and Golders Green constituency.
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POLITICS should be about the policies, not the personalities, according to the Liberal Democrat candidate for Finchley and Golders Green.
Housing solicitor Laura Edge advocates the view that a party should be elected on the strength of their proposals for the country.
Speaking before the live television debates, which have done so much to raise the profile of her party leader Nick Clegg in the minds of many of the undecided electorate, 31-year-old Ms Edge said she hoped she would win people's vote based on what she stands for.
She said: “It annoys me that politics, in so much of the media, is about personalities. We are talking about electing a representative who is then going to go in and vote on decisions that affect Finchley and Golders Green and the whole country.
“So I do think that policies and principles are the most important thing.”
Ms Edge, a history graduate from Cambridge University, lives in Tufnell Park and has been a councillor on Haringey Council for the Stroud Green ward since 2004.
She believes her detachment from front-line politics in the borough of Barnet will actually be of benefit to her work if she was elected to the constituency.
She said: “I think I bring a fresh approach. A lot of the issues people face in north London are similar.
“The main thing that distinguishes me from the other candidates is I'm young, I've not been on Barnet Council, and I think I bring in a new perspective to things in Barnet.
“I feel the other candidates are part of the established political elite in this borough and therefore I offer something quite different from that.
“But the primary thing I think I have got is the policies I advocate and the principles I have.”
Ms Edge will not be standing for re-election on her council seat at the May 6 elections as she focuses on her parliamentary campaign.
She said people are keen for something different away from the two other leading parties, and claimed the Liberal Democrats were the only option for real change.
She believes her party has the only set of plans for fair taxes, a more “sustainable” economy and tackling climate change.
“The people of this constituency are very diverse and the policies will relate to them in different ways,” she said.
“What we are offering is what we think will move towards a sustainable economy and jobs.
“Labour are just not doing it. They are not delivering the fairness they always profess to be about, but I don't just think it is about appealing to Labour voters.
“We have to tackle environmental issues. We are the only party to have a coherent set of policies for real radical change to address climate change.”