Councillor Claire to take on MP Luke

February 25 2019
Councillor Claire to take on MP Luke

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.

Claire, who lives with her family in Coalpit Heath, contested the seat 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: “Under Lib Dem rules, candidates don’t keep their post automatically between elections and have to win a vote of local members to stay on. 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. I look forward to helping get her elected as our next MP, whether the election comes in 2022, or next week!”

Elsewhere, Louise Harris, the Councillor for Dodington Ward has been selected for Filton and Bradley Stoke, and Dine Robero, Lib Dem Group leader on Bath and North East Somerset Council will stand in Kingswood. Both seats are also currently held by Conservatives.