Brighton & Hove Liberal Democrats announce their three prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) for the city.
The unusually early selection process in the election cycle has been explained in case the Conservative Brexit Government call an early general election within the next six months.
Emily Tester is the Lib Dem PPC for Brighton Kemptown. Emily attended sixth form at BHASVIC (Brighton Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College) and is a town councillor in West Sussex, working with colleagues to save local facilities such as a theatre and swimming pool from council cuts. She is particularly interested in education policy and is passionately in favour of the UK’s membership of the European Union.
Emily said: “I’m honoured to represent Brighton Kemptown in the event of a snap election. Brighton & Hove voted 68.5% Remain in the EU referendum, and the Liberal Democrats are the only party fighting to keep Britain open, tolerant and united.”
Carrie Hynds is the Lib Dem PPC for Hove. Carrie grew up in Northern Ireland and is firmly pro-EU, having seen at first hand its excellent work in peace and reconciliation programmes during the late 1990s. She moved to Hove in 2012 and joined the Liberal Democrats in May 2015. Carrie is an active member of Hove Library, Brighton Little Theatre and New Venture Theatre. She is keen to see real long-term solutions to the housing crisis by increasing the supply of good-quality affordable homes, and is a strong advocate of LGBTQ+ rights.
Carrie said: “Hove is a warm, welcoming, vibrant place that I’m proud to call home. It’s vital that politics is based upon what is happening within communities and not just a forum for those who shout the loudest. I’m looking forward to getting more involved in the local community, listening to the people of Hove and standing up for their needs.”
Paul Chandler is the Lib Dem PPC for Brighton Pavilion. He is a founder member of the Liberal Democrats and has stood for Parliament on several previous occasions, most recently in his home constituency of Kemptown in 2015. Before moving to Brighton in 2001, Paul was a councillor for over ten years, overseeing the compete refurbishment of a local swimming pool and the construction of a new school in his ward. Paul has previously run his own travel agency business and worked as a volunteer both at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and in one of the city’s soup kitchens. Paul’s political interests are in housing and finance, and he is a longstanding EU supporter.
Paul said: “As both mainstream parties move to the extreme, a political voice in the centre is more important than ever. I am proud and excited to represent that voice to the voters of Brighton Pavilion.”