Parliamentary candidates to watch: the financial services edit

Four parliamentary candidates likely to take an interest in financial services if they’re elected on May 7th

Ranil Jayawardena, Conservative, North East Hampshire


Ranil inherits James Arbuthnot’s nearly 19,000 majority in North East Hampshire and is seen as a potential future star. Not yet 30 he has had a successful career as a Corporate Affairs Manager for Lloyds Bank. With his expertise in financial services regulation he is likely to take an interest in the future of the industry when he enters the Commons. As well as a career in the City, Ranil has a background in local government, serving as a Cabinet Member and Deputy Leader of Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council.

Lisa Smart, Liberal Democrat, Hazel Grove, Greater Manchester


After the current MP, Andrew Stunell, announced his retirement. Lisa was selected to defend the Liberal Democrats 6,370 majority over the Conservatives in this prosperous Manchester suburban seat. She is a tax expert and has led a number of internal Liberal Democrat tax policy commissions. She has a degree in maths and an MBA from the London Business School. She worked as the Director of Client Relationships for an international investment firm, helping pension funds and large institutional investors deliver their investment strategies. Before she was selected for Hazel Grove, Lisa was an activist in Wandsworth. She was the Liberal Democrats’ London Assembly candidate for Merton and Wandsworth in 2012. She has been an active supporter of the Credit Union movement and also runs a charity delivering education programmes in South America.

Jeremy Quin, Conservative, Horsham, Surrey

Jeremy was selected to replace Paymaster General, Francis Maude, in one of the final selections for this Parliament. He inherits a majority of over 11,000. Jeremy, son of an agricultural merchant who became an Anglican vicar, is a company adviser and a senior manager for Deutsche Bank where he has worked since leaving Oxford in 1990. At Oxford he was the President of the Union. He was seconded to the Treasury in the midst of the financial crisis between 2008-9 serving as a Senior Corporate Adviser. He has been active in campaigns to deliver cultural change in the City and has been an active member of City UK working to promote the image of the UK’s financial and professional services sector. He is a long term Conservative Party Activist, fighting the Welsh seat of Meirionnydd Nant Conwy in 1997 and has served has the Chairman of Buckinghamshire Conservative Association. He has worked locally in Buckinghamshire to ensure access to financial services by helping to support the establishment of a Credit Union.

Todd Foreman, Labour, North East Somerset


Todd Foreman is one of the few Labour PPC’s with a background in the Financial Services sector. He has the challenge of trying to overturn Jacob Rees-Mogg’s 4,900 majority with the Tory incumbent currently looking set to secure a further swing in his favour. He was born in Kentucky and became a British citizen in 2006. Todd has spent over a decade working as a lawyer focusing on banking and financial services regulation, most recently for JP Morgan. He has said that introducing financial services regulation that works for taxpayers and consumers is one of his policy priorities. Until last year he was one of the small number of Labour Councillors in Kensington and Chelsea.