Liverpool Liberal Democrats have adopted their five Parliamentary candidates for Liverpool in the case of a snap General election.
The five candidates are:
Wavertree: Leo Evans. Leo was the Party’s youngest candidate at the last General election when he stood for Wavertree. Since then he has achieved a first class honours degree in Politics at Liverpool University and now works in the constituency office of John Pugh the MP for Southport
Garston & Halewood: Paula Keaveney. Paula has fought the Constituency in both 2005 and 2010. She is a former Leader of the Liverpool Lib Dem councillors and is a lecturer at Edge Hill University.
Walton: Kris Brown. Kris is a former London councillor who has lived in Liverpool for over six years. He is Chair of the Liverpool Liberal Democrats and works with vulnerable people with mental health difficulties. Kris has worked with campaigners and councillors to fight to protect Liverpool's green spaces and parks.
Riverside: Joe Harmer. Joe fought Greenbank Ward in this year’s local elections. Joe is a Physics student at Liverpool University and he was a long-standing Party worker in Birmingham where his father is the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group.
West Derby: Paul Parr. Paul is a former Cabinet Member and Chief Whip on the City Council. He got married last year and lives in the West Derby heart of the Constituency.
Cllr Richard Kemp, Leader of the Liverpool Liberal Democrats said, “All my fellow members and I were delighted at the quality of the people that were put forward today under our emergency procedures. These candidates will fight hard for the next 12 months to achieve electoral success in the Regional Mayoral Election next year. The Party will re-open nominations after May next year if there is no General Election in the meantime although the timing of this is dependent on the boundary changes which will reduce the number of Constituencies in Liverpool to four.
"It was a particular pleasure to see our party ready for the future whilst the other parties look inward and fight each other. As we saw in the local elections in May Lib Dems are bouncing back across the City and we look forward to creating a bigger and stronger opposition group before taking control of the council. In Liverpool as in the rest of the country it is becoming increasingly clear that the Lib Dems are the only united, coherent and viable alternative to the Tories.”