In his professional life, Michael Beckett has helped businesses in Yorkshire grow, and has a good understanding of the problems the economic situation is having on companies in the area. Also, as a former manager for the Citizens Advice Bureau, he has many years helping the most vulnerable individuals with their problems.
Michael says that his top priority will be putting residents first, unlike the previous Labour MP, Denis MacShane, who recently stood down in an expenses scandal. Of his selection, Michael said:
I am honoured to have been chosen to fight Rotherham for the Liberal Democrats in the by-election. If I win my fight will be for the residents of the constituency not for any vested interests like other parties. I would use my professional background to make a real difference for Rotherham and its residents. I am looking forward to the campaign and meeting more of the local community.
The last person to fight Rotherham for the Liberal Democrats, Rebecca Taylor, found herself an MEP at the beginning of this year when Diana Wallis stood down. She said:
The Lib Dems have selected a candidate who is prepared to take the fight to Labour, who have taken the people of Rotherham for granted for too long. I know the constituency well and I know that the residents deserve an MP who will fight for them, not one who will simply look after their own interests. With his long track record of fighting to improve the lives of others, Michael is an excellent for Rotherham.
The by-election is being held on the 29th November. Offers of help should be emailed to Adam Williams at [email protected]
* Caron Lindsay is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings