Two are selected to fight for MP seats

Jo Barton will contest the Preston Parliamentary seat for the Lib Dems
Jo Barton will contest the Preston Parliamentary seat for the Lib Dems
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The Preston and Wyre Liberal Democrats have selected their parliamentary candidates for next year’s general election.

Jo Barton will contest the Preston parliamentary seat while Preston Councillor John Potter will contest the Wyre and Preston North Seat.

Jo, a mother of five, who was born in Chorley and educated in Tarleton, is a councillor in Southport with a strong record of standing up for environmental issues.

Jo said: “I am delighted to be part of a team who seek positive change for Preston.

“Worthwhile government is always about the common good and not the irrationality of tribal politics. Representing Preston has huge responsibilities and is certainly not a right.

“I have always tried to be a catalyst for change and my substantial back ground in local politics speaks for itself.

“I am a straight talking, hardworking individual who wants the best for the community that I serve and I am delighted to have been chosen to represent the Liberal Democrats here in Preston.”

John Potter, deputy leader of the Lib Dems on Preston Council, said: “It’s a huge privilege to be selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Wyre and Preston North.

“Many years as a councillor and a community activist have taught me that it’s important to fight for what you believe in and I intend to do that for everyone in the constituency.”

Chair of the local party, Mark Jewell, said: “We are delighted to have two fantastic candidates who will be catalysts for change in their constituencies.”