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President of the Liberal Democrats, Sal Brinton, in Chesterfield to launch Julia 4 Chesterfield

February 9, 2015 3:45 PM
By East Midlands Liberal Democrats
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Sal Brinton with Julia Cambridge and Phil KnowlesBaroness Sal Brinton kicks off Chesterfield General Election campaign with Liberal Democrat PPC Julia Cambridge and Regional Chair Phil Knowles

Chesterfield's historic market square was 'painted yellow' this weekend as Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate Julia Cambridge launched her bid to be the next MP for Chesterfield.

Local Lib Dems, Councillors and supporters gathered in the square to back Julia.

History will be made if Julia succeeds in her bid on 7th May as she will be Chesterfield's first woman Member of Parliament.

Julia said: "I will provide a fresh and feisty voice for people in Chesterfield. I am not afraid to rock the boat and say what needs to be said to get a better deal for local people."

"What I'm being told on the doorstep is that people are fed up of pot holes in their roads and dog mess on their pavements. Labour are not listening. They are not listening to ordinary people who are fed up with paying through the nose to even get a car parking space in the town centre. When are Labour going to wake up to the fact that they are there to represent the needs of people in the town?"

"There is a clear choice. If voters want a complacent, cosy 'old boys' network' to continue in Chesterfield then keep things as they are. I am here for different reasons: to get things done and speak up about the many successes of the Liberal Democrats in government which I know are helping people in difficult times, the main one being our emphasis on jobs. Getting the economy stronger has meant we now have pre 2008 levels of employment. That is something to shout about."

Liberal Democrat Party President Baroness Brinton joined Julia Cambridge in Chesterfield to welcome her campaign. The Lib Dem peer congratulated Julia on her tireless work helping local people. In a speech to a packed room in the town's Market Hall Baroness Brinton said:

"Julia Cambridge is a strong local champion who will be an excellent MP representing the interests of Chesterfield residents."

Joining Sal Brinton at the market hall rally was Phil Knowles the new East Midlands Regional Chair. Julia warmly welcomed him and thanked him for being part of such a strong campaigning team for the European elections last year. Phil told supporters that they had a strong candidate in Julia and a great opportunity in Chesterfield.

The day had started with a large gathering of supporters in Chesterfields historic market square chosen not just for its place in the hearts of locals but also because it has become a local issue in itself.

Julia said:

"The rent is about to go up for the already hard hit stall holders. It is just not right that honest people trying to make a living are being given no choice but to give in to price hikes on their pitches."

This and many other issues will be part of the campaign for Chesterfield which began in earnest this week.

Julia Cambridge with Sal Brinton and Phil Knowles