I was delighted last night (Tuesday) to be elected as Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidates Association, to serve two years from 2008 to the end of 2009. The PCA represents Liberal Democrat candidates across the UK’s 660 Westminster parliamentary constituencies, as well as candidates for the Scottish, Welsh and European parliaments.
This is a great honour and a privilege, and I intend to serve with verve and diligence. I am constantly amazed by the talent, integrity and determination of up and coming Lib-Dem candidates. The party has added new parliamentarians at every election for the last fifteen years, and I am confident that this will increase at the next election.
Mind you, this role will not be taking any time away from my efforts in Stratford upon Avon. My aim is to win here at the next general election and serve the constituency with the passion and hard work.
The last twelve months have been my best ever — I was selected as Stratford upon Avon’s parliamentary candidate in February, completed a half-marathon in April, became West Midlands fencing captain in June, reached the UK top 50 for fencing in September, was honoured in a major health service award in November, reached the UK top 40 in December, and have been honoured again with this tremendous vote of confidence in January. I have to say I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2008 brings.