THE LIBERAL Democrat candidate set to fight for the votes of Redditch residents in this May’s General Election has been revealed.
Hilary Myers won the nomination on Sunday (March 1) and the 58-year-old said she was ‘very pleased’ to have been selected.
“Redditch needs a clear voice of sensible politics. I stand on exactly the issues that most people stand on – fairness, jobs, the NHS, keeping taxes down especially for the low paid and building a society where everyone looks out for everyone else.” she said.
“I am particularly interested in promoting the green agenda and investing properly in mental health and I want to make sure these issues take centre stage at this election.”
Ms Myers has lived in Yorkshire for over 20 years where she brought up her family and ran a successful mental health charity in Greater Manchester.
She chaired a school governing body, was a borough councillor and in the 2010 General Election she was the Lib Dem candidate for Calder Valley in West Yorkshire. Ms Myers left Yorkshire about a year ago and moved to Leominster.
Local party chair Diane Thomas said: “Hilary Myers is a big asset to Redditch. She strongly impressed the selection committee and local people can count on her to fight for them.”
Five years ago the Liberal Democrat candidate Nicholas Lane received 7,750 votes in the national poll as the party finished in third place.
But since then the Lib Dems have suffered a collapse in their support within the borough losing all their seats on Redditch Borough Council and at last year’s local elections they only contested six of the ten wards up for grabs, finishing in last place in three of them.
So far six candidates have declared their intent to fight the Redditch seat with the others including Labour’s Rebecca Blake, independent Seth Colton, UKIP’s Peter Jewell, sitting Conservative MP
Karen Lumley and Kevin White for the Green Party.