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SamCam out to support Chinese candidate in London

George Lee- PPC

Samantha Cameron, wife of the Tory leader is to add some glamour to George Lee’s campaign to be elected as the first Chinese MP in Holborn and St Pancras in London.

Tomorrow, SamCam is to join Lee on the campaign trail and have a meal with members of the Bengali community.

The party hopes that her appearance in the constituency would give a boost to Lee’s campaign.

Lee, 48, was one of the first Conservative candidates to be selected by members of the public in an open selection, rather than by the local party executive. His bid to secure the seat and become the UK’s first Chinese member of Parliament began over a year ago when he began campaigning.

SamCam will be following in a long line of Tory party bigwigs who have joined Lee on the campaign trail in recent months, including Tory leader David Cameron, Damian Green, David Willetts and Lord Chris Patten.

The constituency, held by Labour MP Frank Dobson, has traditionally been a Labour safe seat with high levels of social housing. However recent boundary changes mean that it now includes the majority of Highgate, Gospel Oak and part of Camden Town with Primrose Hill.

An expected strong showing by the Liberal Democrat candidate Jo Shaw could see off Labour’s dominance, but Lee hopes that his unique tale of rags to riches will win local support.

Born in a pig shed in Hong Kong, Lee became the first Chinese police officer to reach a senior rank in the Metropolitan police, and helped set up the Black Police Association.

Lee believes that his rise from poverty and immigrant background will endear him to the local community.

“My candidacy and campaign goes across cultures,” he said.

“The constituency includes everyone from millionaires to people struggling to survive.”

In 2005, Labour captured 43.2% of the votes compared with 29.3% for the Lib Dems and 18.9% for the Conservatives.

In 2001, Labour had 53.9%, Liberal Democrats 18% and the Conservatives 16.9%.

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