Paul Hodgkinson to challenge Geoffrey Clifton-Brown for Cotswold seat in Parliament
THE Liberal Democrat party in the Cotswolds has chosen Paul Hodgkinson to stand as their new Parliamentary candidate.
Cllr Hodgkinson, 51, who has been a resident of the Cotswolds for 25 years, will stand against current Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, who has held the seat since 1992.
Paul said: "Residents asked me to stand after seeing my records as a councillor and I will be the voice for many who feel disconnected from decisions made in Cirencester and at Shire Hall in Gloucester."
Cllr Hodgkinson was elected to Cotswold District Council for the Churn Valley in 2007 and became leader of the Lib Dems in 2009.
During his time in office, he has fought against high parking charges, lead road safety campaigns and campaigned to save Cheltenham's A and E department from closure.
In the 2010 general election, the Cotswold Lib Dems managed 30 per cent of the total votes, coming in second to the Conservative party with 53 per cent of the votes.
Paul Hodgkinson's appointment was welcomed by fellow Liberal Democrat, Joe Harris.
He said: "Paul is the best man for the job. Under his leadership we have been standing up for Cotswolds people on the big issues that matter.
"We need someone as our MP who can take the case to Parliament and get some action."
The next general election will take place in May 2015.
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