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Cotswold Lib Dem leader selected as parliamentary candidate
THE leader of the Cotswold Liberal Democrats on Cotswold District Council could be heading for Westminster.
Councillor Paul Hodgkinson, who won the county council seat for Bourton and Northleach in May’s elections, has been selected as the group’s parliamentary candidate.
The 51-year-old, who has lived in the Cotswolds for 25 years, will be up against the Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown who has held the Cotswold seat since 1997.
“I have made this beautiful area my home and set up my small business here," said Coun Hodgkinson.
"Residents asked me to stand after seeing my record as a councillor and I will be the voice for the many who feel disconnected from decisions made in Cirencester and at Shire Hall in Gloucester.
“I want to give our area a real voice, actively speaking up for it rather than seeing some MPs motivated by their own pockets.”
Coun Hodgkinson was first elected to Cotswold District Council for the Churn Valley in 2007 and became leader of the council’s Lib Dems four years ago.
"Our progress at district and county level has already shaken the Tories and we will be working hard to make the 2015 general election the next major upset,” he added.
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