LibDems pick new election candidate

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 January 2015

John Munro.

John Munro.

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THE Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate has pledged to 'vocally champion' Weston.

John Munro, aged 31, has been chosen to represent the party in May’s General Election.

He grew up in the town, attending Bournville Nursery, Infant and Junior Schools, as well as Wyvern School and he also went to sixth form in Weston.

He moved to London in 2009 for work but said he regularly travels back to Weston to see his family.

The LibDems previously selected North Somerset councillor Mike Bell as its candidate, but he stepped down in July due to personal commitments.

Mr Munro said: “I think Weston has been let down by the Conservative-controlled council and the Member of Parliament.

“The town needs someone who will vocally champion it, which no-one seems to have the drive and determination to do.

“I’m passionate about my home town.

“Weston has huge potential, but I think the council and MP are happy to let the town slip into becoming the dormitory for Bristol.

“They are too happy to sit on their laurels and not champion the town and put it front and centre and at the forefront of development.

“It has great transport links, beautiful, natural resources and a wonderful countryside.

“It has a fantastic further and higher education offering which is attracting a lot of people and then sending them back out again and not keeping local talent in the town.

Mr Munro joined the Liberal Democrats in 1997, and has helped the party in its campaigns.

He said: “It was only natural that when there was a vacancy I was going to stand in Weston.

“I’m not a massive fan of people who stand for Parliament where they don’t have local links.

“I tell people everywhere I go that I am from Weston and I love the town I am from because it has so much to offer.”

Mr Munro will face current Conservative MP John Penrose, Labour’s Tim Taylor and UKIP’s Ernie Warrender in the poll.

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