Claire Young picks up Lib Dem baton from Steve Webb to fight parliamentary seat

August 02 2016

WESTERLEIGH councillor Claire Young has been chosen to fight the parliamentary seat for Thornbury and Yate for the Liberal Democrats the next time Britain goes to the polls.

Claire Young

WESTERLEIGH councillor Claire Young has been chosen to fight the parliamentary seat for Thornbury and Yate for the Liberal Democrats the next time Britain goes to the polls.
She was elected in a ballot of members after former MP Steve Webb, who lost out to Conservative Luke Hall in last year’s General Election, recently announced he would not be trying to regain the seat.
Local Liberal Democrats said Councillor Young, who has represented the Westerleigh ward on South Gloucestershire Council since 2007, was chosen from a strong field of candidates.
She lives in Coalpit Heath with her family and is her party’s deputy leader on the council.
Councillor Young said: “The party locally has been going from strength to strength recently, with a massive influx of members, particularly young people determined to use their energy to help build the future for them and their families. The party now has more members than at any time in over a decade.
“I am humbled by the confidence people have placed in me. Over the years I have met so many lovely people working together for our community and I am really looking forward to my changed role in that work.”
Mr Webb said: "I have known and worked closely with Claire for many years and she has been at the centre of all we have been doing with local people.
“I am delighted to be passing on the baton to someone who is as energetic and committed to the community as Claire. I will be giving her my full support in the urgent work to be done to help our country and community.”
Ms Young has already launched her first major campaign, asking people to “Tell Claire” what they most want done to help them.
She said: “It may be a local problem, it may be a service that needs improving, or it may be getting some aspect of the state off people's backs. People want control over their own lives but with access to support when they need it.”