Ray Towey, standing for the Christian People’s Alliance in Camberwell and Peckham, has worked for the NHS for about twenty years, including as a junior and senior medical doctor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital for fifteen years, and has also worked in Africa.
“My main driving force as a Christian is to serve the poor in this country and the NHS does that,” he said.
“Coming back [to Camberwell and Peckham] I just found the last time I was going to vote I couldn’t find a candidate that represented the values or life that I live by and so I decided that I would stand. I’ve stood for the London Assembly before but not as a Member of Parliament candidate.
“In the national scene I would be against the renewal of Trident because it’s going to cost £160billion over the next 20 years, which is exactly what we need for the NHS.
“The other issue I find very important is gender-selective abortion. I think to allow abortion on that basis should be made illegal and I think parliament is out of step on the public’s opinion on that issue.”
Mr Towey also wants to see changes to the benefits system and benefits continue as normal when someone is going through an appeal process.