BASINGSTOKE Liberal Democrats has announced who its candidate for the next general election will be. 

Richard Whelan, who studied politics and international affairs, was announced as the prospective parliamentary candidate on February 25 following a hustings meeting in which members of the party chose him. 

He said: "I am looking forward to meeting as many people as possible between now and whenever the election is called.

Basingstoke Gazette: Basingstoke Liberal Democrats with Richard Whelan

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“It is clear that Basingstoke needs a different voice in parliament. Our NHS needs fixing, and we can't allow the environment and climate change to be pushed off the agenda by the other parties.

“We also need to rethink politics.  This parliament has produced the most scandals and the least solutions. The public deserves better”.

Mr Whelan is disabled and campaigns on ‘a number of issues including policy development work with a disability charity and how personal care can support independent living’ according to the Liberal Democrats.

Liberal Democrat Cllr Gavin James, co-leader of the borough council, said: “Richard's personal experience of the NHS and care system make him a great campaigner. 

“His knowledge of policy development and international affairs will make him a great addition to the House of Commons.  He will be a strong voice for Basingstoke."