Lib Dems announce election candidate for Tiverton and Honiton seat

PUBLISHED: 13:05 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 08 May 2017

Lib Dem candidate Matthew Wilson.

Lib Dem candidate Matthew Wilson.

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Nominee will face Neil Parish for Parliament seat

The Liberal Democrats have announced their candidate for the Tiverton and Honiton in the June elections.

Dr Matthew Wilson is vying to fill the seat for the June 8 election.

Matthew, 45, has spent most of his adult life in the South West and has recently been the Chair of Torbay Liberal Democrats.

He has now set out his plans to run a modern and positive campaign with a focus on three key issues: fighting for a referendum on the Brexit deal, the NHS and education.

Matthew, a successful entrepreneur who has a background in teaching, says he is well placed to understand the needs of both the private and the public sectors.

He added: “One of my key objectives is to fight for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.

“I strongly believe that the people of the UK deserve to have a final say, rather than being forced to accept a Hard Brexit which will have a devastating effect on our economy and living standards.

“There has already been talk that the UK may have to agree to pay up to €100 billion to leave the EU.

“My position is that this is one area (amongst many others), which was not clear before the referendum and on which the people need to have a vote.”

Neil Parish will be campaigning to keep his seat in Tiverton and Honiton after being re-selected to stand for the Conservatives.

He was elected as MP in the 2010 elections with a majority of 9,320.

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