Former MP Stephen Gilbert has confirmed that he will contest the St Austell & Newquay seat for the Liberal Democrats in the snap election.
Stephen said: “It is already clear from the polls that this election won’t change our Government, Theresa May will still be Prime Minister, but this is a chance for St Austell & Newquay to change our MP.”
Mr Gilbert will be seeking to win the seat back from Steve Double who took the seat for the Conservatives in 2015.
“For two years now I’ve watched as our MP fails to live up to his promises and fails to deliver for the people of our community. He said he would be able to do wonders, but what have we got to show for it? He’s failed and now we have a chance to vote for change.”
“The Conservatives want you to think the main debate is about Brexit but that decision has already been made. We need to move on. There are critical local issues that need a strong, independent, campaigning MP. The question for us all is whether we want another of Theresa May’s poodles as our local MP, or a campaigning MP who will stand up to the government when it starts making cuts and say enough is enough – this is a straight choice for the voter.
Over the next six weeks Mr Gilbert will be knocking on doors, calling constituents and reaching out to the public on social media to get his message across. Stephen added, “People know me and they know I can do the job because I have done it before. St Austell and Newquay needs a local MP to stand up for local issues, that is what it is all about.”
“I have a record of delivering for people in St Austell & Newquay and this election is about electing a hardworking local MP who will make sure that there is effective opposition to the Government in Westminster and will speak up for local people.”
Stephen Gilbert, 40, served as the MP for St Austell & Newquay from 2010 to 2015 and has previously been a Councillor in the local area. He lives in St Austell and is from a clay-mining family in Nanpean.
Mr Gilbert added: “We all know that only the Liberal Democrats can beat the Conservatives in Cornwall and the result in 2015 should remove any doubt. In Cornwall a vote for Labour, the Greens, or Mebyon Kernow helps the Conservatives.”
“The issue is whether the Conservatives will have a big majority in Parliament or a huge one I am appealing directly to everyone who does not want to give the Tories a blank cheque for the next five years – please lend me your vote this time and let’s stop them.”
Keep up with the campaign at www.stephengilbert.org.uk.