A CANDIDATE has been selected to stand in Jarrow for the Liberal Democrats at May’s General Election.
The party’s candidate Tom Appleby finished third at the last national poll in 2010, returning 7,163 votes.
But at a Parliamentary by-election in neighbouring South Shields in 2013, the Lib Dem vote slumped alarmingly.
Its candidate Hugh Annand lost his deposit and scored just 352 votes in finishing seventh.
Now Cumbrian councillor and business systems analyst Stan Collins has been selected to stand in Jarrow on May 7.
He is to base his campaign on what he sees are the “numerous successes” which Lib Dems in government have delivered for people in Jarrow, including rising employment, more than 5,000 apprenticeship places, income tax cuts, better state pensions and extension of childcare.
He said: “As a minority party in government, Lib Dems have delivered more of our last manifesto than most majority governments. The pledges we have delivered have made areal difference to many, many lives.”
The other candidates fighting the seat are Steve Harrison (UKIP), Norman Hall (TUSC), Stephen Hepburn (Labour) and David Herbert (Green).