Reading Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce the selection of their candidates to represent them in the forthcoming General Election.
L-R: Meri O'Connell, Judith Bunting MEP, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey and Alexandrine Kántor (South Oxfordshire Lib Dem Councillor)
In Reading East, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey has been selected. She was born in Reading and is a local councillor for Wokingham Borough Council, which covers the eastern part of the Constituency and she works in the IT industry.
In Reading West, Meri O'Connell has been selected. As well as being a Tilehurst councillor, Meri has a background in public service, working in children's homes and as a Youth Justice Worker, helping young people find employment and training opportunities.
In a statement, Imogen and Meri said: "The Liberal Democrats, are unique amongst the major parties in that we are united supporting that the UK should remain part of the European Union and this has been a long term consistent view for us. We don’t feel we need to negotiate a new deal, because being part of the EU is the best deal there is. In the event of a referendum on any Brexit deal, all Lib Dems will be campaigning to remain part of the EU.
We cannot deal with big problems such as Climate Change or International Terrorism without the support of our EU neighbours. We also need to guarantee the rights of EU workers in this country, particularly those who work in the NHS or social care as well as supporting the rights of British people living and working in other EU countries."
Imogen added: "I am also deeply concerned about keeping the rights for our wide and varied community in Reading. Along with my fellow Libdems, I was very happy to be part of the Reading Pride parade and event at Kings Meadow earlier in the year and I have also had much success fighting for support of disabled people who live locally."
Meri added: "I'm really excited about being given this opportunity to stand in my own area. I have a passion for this area and a track record of campaigning, and want to give residents a positive local choice."