Mark Hunter, the former MP, was selected unanimously as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Cheadle Constituency on Friday. In next door Hazel Grove Constituency there was another unanimous selection – with members picking Bredbury Green & Romiley Councillor Lisa Smart to fight the next election for them.
The Liberal Democrats are now ready to fight a general election, having selected candidates in key seats across the country.
This follows reports that the new Prime Minister might go to the country early, before the economy goes into a possible recession and to take advantage of Labour in-fighting.
Lisa Smart has a strong record of representing local people having protected Tangshutt Fields, got money for a study into the M60 to A6 bypass and been key in the campaign to get specialist status for Stepping Hill Hospital.
“I am really proud to have been selected for this wonderful area that I love, and think both Mark and I have a lot of unfinished business here” said Lisa Smart.
“I am only too well aware that this area has its challenges. As such my three campaign priorities will be getting the Hazel Grove bypass finished to take traffic off our roads, making our schools fit for all children to fulfill their potential, and making sure that the fight for mental health is fully supported.”
“Barely 14 months have passed since the general election and following the EU Referendum the Conservatives have plunged the UK into political and economic chaos” added Mark Hunter.
“With Labour having descended into civil war at the same time, there has never been a better opportunity to make the case for the Liberal Democrats and we are determined to do so by campaigning hard on the issues that matter to local people. I’m honoured to have been selected again to fight Cheadle for the Lib Dems – there are huge challenges ahead and local residents deserve a visible MP who will fight for them and speak up for our area.
“The Liberal Democrats are well placed to fight a general election whenever it is held and I am raring to go. Since the referendum we have signed up 16,000 new members nationally and a large number across Stockport. In May this year the Liberal Democrats made more gains than any other party in the local elections. We have many new committed activists who will be joining us on the doorstep, making the case for strong local campaigners who will fight for Hazel Grove and Cheadle.”