Taunton Deane Liberal Democrats select Rachel Gilmour

Rachel GilmourFrom the Taunton Deane Liberal Democrat website:

Rachel Gilmour was selected at the members’ hustings on 6 Dec 2014 in Taunton by a full turnout of Members as their prospective Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 General Election.  She succeeds Jeremy Browne , MP,  who will stand down when parliament is dissolved in March 2015.


Rachel said:

I am delighted to have been chosen to follow in Jeremy Browne’s footsteps. Jeremy has been an outstanding MP for 10 years. It will be a great privilege to build on his fantastic legacy.

It is a privilege to be chosen to stand for the seat I grew up in. I will work tirelessly for the people of Taunton Deane in the coming months.

The local party chair Gill Slattery added:

We are fortunate to have recruited a person of Rachel’s calibre to follow in Jeremy Browne’s footsteps. Her strength of character, breadth of experience and the ability to explain and promote Liberal Democrat values make Rachel a strong candidate and we know she will be a fantastic MP for this part of Somerset.

Good luck to Rachel. If we think that she has a very short time to get herself known in the area, we should remember that one of the most popular Liberal Democrat parliamentarians, Julian Huppert, was only selected in January 2010 before winning the seat in May.

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  • A tough fight, but still a winnable one.
    The Ashcroft showed a Tory lead of 4%, since then we will have lost Browne’s personal vote, but his departure may make squeezing Labour and Green voters easier.

  • On my wall is a print of the E.R. Sturgeon painting of the Jellalabad Baracks, Taunton. It was where my dad joined the army in 1930 (he was not old enough so had lied aout his age).
    My connection with Taunton goes back longer than I can remember although I have never lived there. In recent years my most frequent visits have been to the crematorium; my father came from a family of fourteen, that’s a lot of uncles’ and aunt’s funerals to attend!
    I was so delighted when Jackie Ballard was elected as MP and utterly disappointed when she was “hunted” out of office by the forces of darkness.
    I really do hope that Rachel Gilmour goes on to victory in May and follows on from that earlier woman MP in the best radical Liberal style.

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