Local Liberal Democrats have chosen two-time MP for Bristol West, Stephen Williams, to contest the election next May for the important post of Mayor of the West of England.
In choosing such a strong candidate, the Lib Dems are sending a clear message that they are taking this election very seriously and they believe they can win.
Stephen Williams said "This election really matters to people's everyday lives because the mayor decides where a lot of money is spent to improve buses, cycling and other ways to get around, new housing and creating new jobs.
"Many residents won't know much about the current mayor because he is completely invisible and has achieved very little. I'm completely different because I love meeting local people, listening to them and then getting on with delivering what they need. I have a strong record of local action and know how to get results.
"I know our area well because before I went into politics I had jobs in all three parts of the West of England - Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset and South
The leader of B&NES Council, Cllr Dine Romero, said "Stephen is a really strong contender and if he wins he will definitely make things happen in the West of England and that is desperately needed right now."
The Lib Dems are in the strongest position to challenge the Tory incumbent in WECA, with the most local Councillors in total across the three authorities.
Stephen announced his candidacy this morning on Twitter:
Excited to announce that I've been selected to be the @libdems candidate for mayor of the West of England. Our region deserves stronger leadership, clearer vision and greater ambition to realise its potential than shown by the Conservative incumbent. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/xqZWFGBAJg— Stephen Williams 🔶 (@StephenRW01) July 24, 2020
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