‘Stephen Williams’ selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for West of England Mayor

Following a vote of the local party membership Stephen Williams was this afternoon selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Metro Mayor for the West of England to be held on Thursday 4th of May this year.

Following a series of hustings in front of the party membership in Yate, Bath and Bristol, the former Local Government Minister and MP for Bristol West Williams secured the Liberal Democrat nomination ahead of Simon Cook in the membership vote.

Speaking to party members following the final hustings meeting in Bristol Stephen Williams said

“It’s an honour to be selected, I am determined to win this election and deliver real change for people in the West of England”.

“My main priority will be continuing economic prosperity, but by tackling the main constraints that hold us back – the lack of affordable housing, and the woeful state of our public transport”

“This election is a clear choice between me and the inexperienced Conservative candidate. Our region needs the strongest possible leadership and with my experience, I can offer just that”.

“I will also stand up for the majority of people who voted to remain in the European Union,  and will work with the business community to persuade the Conservative government to keep us in the single market and avoid a disastrous hard Brexit which will risk jobs and livelihoods particularly in the aerospace and manufacturing industries.

Local party chair in Bristol Dr Crispin Allard added

“This is a job which requires a candidate who can work with and challenge the government to bring more power and more resources if this devolution deal is going to make a difference to the day-to-day lives of people across the West of England. In Stephen, we have a candidate who stands out as having a wealth of experience and positive track record of working in local government and at the highest levels in national politics”.

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