A decade ago, I started campaigning for Cheltenham Liberal Democrats. Since then, I’ve had one goal: getting a better deal for our town by helping our party put its liberal values into practice. My journey started right outside my front door, in one of the most difficult areas of town for the Lib Dems. Soon after, I defeated the local Conservative leader at the ballot box at a time when our party was in the doldrums. By listening to local people, I was able to launch campaigns on big picture issues central to our liberal mission.
In the 2019 General Election, our local message was popular. We cut the Conservative majority to just 981 votes on a night when the party lost seats to the Tories. We gained only one seat from Boris Johnson’s party: St Albans. There, our locally well-known candidate, Daisy Cooper, won at the second attempt.
I’m more determined than ever to win and I know I have the backing of increasing numbers of local people too. Just before Christmas, a postal worker told me “the word on the street is that you’ve got it next time”.
Watch the video to find out more about my vision for Cheltenham ⬇️