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Judith Bunting will stand again at next General Election

THERE may be another four years until General Election fever kicks off all over again but the local Liberal Democrats have already chosen their Newbury candidate.

Judith Bunting has been unanimously selected as the party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the Newbury constituency for the next General Election.

Mrs Bunting fought and failed to take the seat from the Conservative Richard Benyon in the election in May 2015.

On being selected for a second time, Mrs Bunting said: “I am proud to have been selected by the Liberal Democrats in our area.

“It would be a huge honour to represent the people of Newbury and the surrounding area in Parliament.

“However, I am only too well aware that our area has challenges.

“Thus, my three campaign priorities will be: to protect local services for children and young people; to increase the provision of housing for social and affordable rent; and to ensure our local businesses have what they need to thrive.

“The Conservatives have destroyed their reputation for economic competence, with investment in the UK now threatened by the uncertainty of Brexit, putting Newbury jobs at risk.

“Labour is focused on in-fighting and has even suspended local party meetings across the country.

“The Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, are an open, optimistic and united party and we are already selecting candidates in key seats like Newbury.”

The Liberal Democrats last took the Newbury seat from the Conservatives at a by-election in 1993 with a shock victory for the late David Rendel.

Current Newbury MP Richard Benyon won the seat back from Mr Rendel for the Conservatives in 2005 and increased his majority again at last year’s General Election.

The election last year was particularly bruising for the Liberal Democrats nationwide. In Newbury Judith Bunting came second with 8,605 votes, a 15 per cent share of the vote.

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