Poole Liberal Democrats are pleased to announce the selection of their new prospective parliamentary candidate, Victoria Collins, to represent them in the next General Election.
After a local hustings event where Poole Lib Dem members voted for Victoria to fight the seat for them in the next General Election, she said: "Seeing this Conservative Government push for a Brexit whatever the cost to UK citizens, while tearing themselves apart and undermining democracy, I had to make a stand. All the while, our NHS, police services, schools and environment are being neglected. We must stop Brexit, provide a clear vision for the United Kingdom and deal with our real issues head on.
"The Conservative Government’s cuts mean Poole A&E is being downgraded, we have 21,000 fewer police officers on our streets and schools in Poole are struggling to cope with a serious lack of funding. We need to invest in our NHS, help businesses thrive, properly fund our police, improve our schools and tackle the climate crisis."
The Poole Lib Dems gained seats from the Conservatives in May’s local elections and took control of BCP as the largest party in the Unity Alliance. They then came second to the Brexit Party beating both the Conservatives and Labour in the South West’s EU elections securing two new Lib Dem MEPs.
Victoria has a background in international economics and business and has now launched her own tech start-up. She previously worked in the European Parliament where she has worked on financial regulation and environmental policies, before working in business consulting and launching her own start-up.
Poole Lib Dems Chair, Richard Douglas, added: "I'm delighted that Victoria is our new PPC. She brings a wealth of experience to the role and would make an excellent MP for Poole. Our membership has doubled in the last six months and election results from earlier this year show people are not happy with the road that the Conservatives are leading us down."
Victoria added: "The Lib Dems are the only party who can lead and govern this country out of this divisive mess. It’s time to demand better for Poole."