Claire and Louise are Lib Dem contenders
LIBERAL Democrats have re-selected South Gloucestershire Council group leader Claire Young to stand for the Thornbury and Yate parliamentary seat at the next general election.
The party has also picked Louise Harris, the councillor for Dodington Ward, to contest the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency, which includes Winterbourne.
Claire, who lives with her family in Coalpit Heath, contested Thornbury and Yate at the last election in 2017 and came second behind the Conservatives’ Luke Hall.
The Lib Dems held the seat until 2015, when Mr Hall ousted Steve Webb by a slim margin of 1,495 votes. But at the last election the Tory MP increased his majority to more than 12,000, gaining more than half of the votes cast and leaving the Lib Dems with a huge task at the next election.
Claire said: “It’s a great honour to be able to continue to speak up for local people in Thornbury, Yate, Chipping Sodbury and our villages.
“I look forward to speaking out louder than ever about Lib Dem priorities for the country and South Gloucestershire: improving the performance of the NHS both locally and across the country, demanding better funding in our schools, and of course giving you the final say on Brexit with an option to remain.”
South Gloucestershire Lib Dem chair Jayne Stansfield said: “The fact that Claire was reselected by a huge margin is testament to the hard work and dedication she has shown locally over so many years.”
Louise also faces a tough task: in 2017 the Lib Dems came in third with a little over 3,000 votes, behind sitting MP Jack Lopresti, who had more than 25,000 votes, and Labour’s Naomi Rylatt, who was second with just over 21,000 votes.
Louise said: “It’s a great honour to become the candidate for Filton and Bradley Stoke. I’m looking forward to speaking about Lib Dem priorities and values in the area. We know that South Gloucestershire and the country have been let down by the Conservatives on education, the NHS, local services and Brexit, and I’m eager to listen to residents about their concerns.”
Elsewhere, Dine Robero, Lib Dem Group leader on Bath and North East Somerset Council, completes an all-female line-up for the Lib Dems in South Gloucestershire. The party came third in Kingswood in 2017, behind Tory MP Chris Skidmore and Labour.
Picture shows Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidates Louise Harris (left), Claire Young (centre) and Dine Romero (right)