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Helen Belcher re-selected by Chippenham Lib Dems

April 13, 2018 9:00 AM

Helen BelcherHelen Belcher was re-selected as the Liberal Democrats' prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham at a packed meeting in Melksham on Thursday evening.

Over 100 party members crowded into the pavilion in King George V Park to hear three strong candidates express their views on international relations, local issues and party policy. Helen won the subsequent vote with an overwhelming majority.

Helen, who fought the seat in the 2017 General Election, said "It is a huge honour and privilege to represent the party in Chippenham again. The next general election campaign starts now, and it's great to have an energised local party who are ready for action. Conservative cuts are decimating both our local services and our NHS and schools. Both Conservatives and Labour have moved to extreme positions. It's time to reassert a clear, strong Liberal voice in Parliament."

Cllr Pat Aves, the constituency party's chair, said "We're really pleased to have Helen as our candidate again. She did an excellent job last time and we are hopeful for even better things to come. The interest from local party members has been tremendous."

Baroness Brinton, president of the Liberal Democrats, said "I'm really pleased to see Helen re-selected. She fought a strong campaign last time and I know she will stand up for Chippenham."