Stockport Lib Dem Deputy Leader to focus on parliamentary campaign

Liberal Democrat Councillor Lisa Smart has been reselected to fight the marginal constituency of Hazel Grove at the next General Election.

Cllr Smart said, “I am delighted to have been reselected by the local Lib Dems to fight the next General Election as their candidate for parliament. Hazel Grove is being let down and taken from granted by the current Conservative MP and Boris Jonhson’s Government.”

It will take a swing of only 5% for the Liberal Democrats to take the Hazel Grove constituency from the Conservatives, which makes it one of their top targets in the country. With Labour finishing a distant third in Hazel Grove, it will be a two horse race between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives at the next election.

Last month the Liberal Democrats overturned a 23,000 Conservative majority to win the North Shropshire by-election and earlier in the year also won the Conservative constituency of Chesham and Amersham.

Speaking after the Lib Dem council group meeting last night, Lisa said, “Our area is being taken for granted by Boris Johnson’s Government and it deserves better. We need an MP who is going to stand up for our area in Parliament and fight against the sleaze and corruption of Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

“I’ve loved working with Mark Hunter as his deputy over the last five years, but with a General Election just round the corner I felt it was the perfect time to step back from my Deputy role so I can concentrate on getting Hazel Grove the MP it deserves. I look forward to supporting Mark and Wendy from the back benches and fighting for local residents.”

Lisa Smart has stepped down as the Deputy Leader of the Lib Dems at Stockport Town Hall. She will continue as councillor for Bredbury Green and Romiley and a member of the shadow cabinet.

Councillor Wendy Meikle, newly elected Deputy Leader and councillor for Offerton, added: “Lisa has made absolutely the right decision for the people of Hazel Grove. They are being taken for granted by the current Conservative MP and I will be helping Lisa to become our next MP. She works tirelessly on behalf of our local community and is truly the MP we deserve. On a personal level, I am delighted that my colleagues have elected me to serve them, supporting Mark Hunter in leading the Group. ”

Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Mark Hunter, added: “I would like to put on record my thanks to Lisa for all her hard work as Deputy Leader. I understand her decision to focus her efforts on becoming the next MP for Hazel Grove and she has my full support. I thank my colleagues for electing her replacement and I look forward to having the same constructive relationship with Wendy as I have had with Lisa.”

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