Liberal Democrat candidate for the forthcoming Leicester South by-election, Parmjit Singh Gill, has announced he is to stand down. He will be replaced by Zuffar Haq.
Commenting, Parmjit Singh Gill said:
Given much reflection and after talking with my family, it is with regret that I have decided to stand down as a candidate for the by-election.
I remain committed to the people of Leicester and am proud to represent the Liberal Democrats, but I have a very young family and I fear the toll that fighting the by-election with all the commitment and dedication it deserves would be too much.
I have decided instead to concentrate on representing the people of Stoneygate as a councillor, as I have been proud to do for the last eight years.
I fully support Zuffar Haq who will not only be a fantastic candidate but a strong, passionate voice for the people of Leicester South in Parliament.
Commenting further, Zuffar Haq said:
It is an honour for me to have this chance to fight for the people of Leicester South, the place where I was born and raised.
I hope my experience as a local businessman and my work with Leicestershire Crimestoppers and standing up for patients’ rights shows I will be a powerful and passionate voice for Leicester.
Labour is taking Leicester South for granted.
Ed Miliband has parachuted in a friend of his who has no ties to the city, showing no regard for the people of Leicester, let alone his own local members and supporters. The people of Leicester South deserve better.