Torbay Liberal Democrats have reselected Adrian Sanders to be their candidate at the next General Election.
Adrian Sanders overlooking Torquay’s Living Coasts aquarium
In a secret ballot at a selection meeting on Friday 9th August at St Matthias’ Church Hall members unanimously voted yes to a motion to reselect Adrian.
Paignton born Mr Sanders was first elected as Torbay’s Member of Parliament in 1997 with a majority of just 12 votes over Conservative Rupert Allason. It was the first time in 71 years that the Conservatives had been beaten in Torbay.
Adrian has successfully defended his seat on three occasions since, doubling his majority at the last election to just over 4,000.
Speaking after the meeting Adrian said:
“If I had been able to claim credit at the last election for the by-pass, the broadband investment ahead of the rest of the country and the South West Water rebate I imagine my majority would have been even higher.
“Successive majority Government’s failed to deliver a proper link road for Torbay, failed to give us anything technological ahead of the rest of the country, and failed to recognise the injustice of high water charges in Devon and Cornwall. I am proud to have helped put this right since the last election.
“I am really looking forward to the next election that will be a tight contest as always between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats with the added interest this time of a strong UKIP challenge, probably forcing Labour into 4th, rather than their usual 3rd place.”
Hamish Renton, Chairman of Torbay Liberal Democrats, said he was not at all surprised at the unanimous vote.
“Adrian has always put his constituents’ first demonstrating uncompromising integrity, for example when standing up to the press barons during the phone hacking enquiry or voting for a referendum on our membership of the EU.
“Many people comment that Adrian is the best MP Torbay has ever had. He has achieved great things for our area and helped thousands of local people with their concerns. He has a national reputation as a champion on animal welfare issues, and a growing international standing as a campaigner for the prevention of diabetes and better treatment for those with the condition
“The simple truth is that the first-past-the-post voting system will dictate the contest in Torbay next time will be between Adrian and David Cameron’s Conservative Party Candidate. I would urge anyone who values having a strong local independent voice for the bay in Parliament to come and join Adrian’s campaign team.”