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Liberal Democrats announce Lancaster & Wyre candidate in next general election

Matt Severn

The Liberal Democrats have selected their candidate to stand in Lancaster and Wyre in the next general election.

Matt Severn was previously the LibDems' general election candidate for Morecambe & Lunesdale in 2015 and 2017 and is now a councillor in Kendal.

Mr Severn currently manages an independent book shop and previously was an insurance broker dealing with flood claims. 

He grew up in Bolton-le-Sands where his family still lives and went to school in Lancaster. 

The Morecambe FC fan is married with a daughter, and said he also has "a mischievous sausage dog!"

"It's a great honour to be selected," said Mr Severn.

"I was shaped by my life and experiences in North Lancashire and I know the area well. I'm looking forward to meeting people, getting stuck in at hustings and demanding a fair deal for Lancaster & Wyre. There is a better way to do politics and a brighter future to build."

Mr Severn described himself as an "outspoken campaigner for affordable housing and investing in public services and believes that the next election needs to see an end to government cuts and spending squeezes".

He also said he wanted "to campaign to stop the red tape that constricts business from trading with Europe easily post-Brexit and prevents Britons from easily working and studying there, wants to see schools getting proper extra funding so children can thrive, to fight for the NHS to get the cash it needs to clear the backlog and potholes filled so people can get around without dodging and weaving, and wants to see an end to government handing out bad contracts and making tax loopholes for multi-millionaires and believes instead that the money should be put into cutting 999 response times and reducing the cost of social care".

The next general election must be held no later than January 28 2025, but is expected to take place later this year.

The Lancaster & Wyre seat has been created after a shake-up of election boundaries.

Cat Smith, the sitting MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, will stand in the constituency for Labour.

The Conservatives have chosen Peter Cartridge as their candidate, while the Greens have selected Jack Lenox. 

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