A university lecturer and a local councillor have both been chosen to represent Milton Keynes in this year’s general election by the Liberal Democrats.
With just over eight weeks to go, it has been announced Paul Graham is vying for the Milton Keynes North seat, while down in the south, Lisa Smith has thrown her hat in the ring.
Mr Graham, who is a lecturer at Buckingham University and spent his career in higher education, said: “I live in the constituency and understand the challenges residents face; as a fast expanding and economically successful city we have to ensure the right services are in place so that we can manage that economic success for the benefit of everyone.”
Ms Smith, prospective parliamentary candidate for Milton Keynes South, has worked in the public sector all her life, from nursing to education and is currently a councillor in Aylesbury.
She said: “As a local councillor I appreciate the difficult choices that have to be made but we must always ensure that, when looking at how we move forward, we do not cut services that impact negatively on people’s lives and make things more difficult for them.”
Current MP Iain Stewart won for the Conservatives in the 2010 general election with a 9.4 per cent majority in Milton Keynes South.
Facing up to him in the battle for MK South alongside Ms Smith are: Samantha Pancheri representing the Green Party, Labour’s Andrew Pakes, Vince Peddle for UKIP and Independent Stephen Fulton.
Over in Milton Keynes North, Tory MP Mark Lancaster holds a 16.7 per cent majority.
Going head to head with Mr Lancaster are: The Green Party’s Jennifer Marklew, Emily Darlington for Labour, David Mortimer, Independent Stuart Moore for UKIP.
Lib Dem Group Leader, Councillor Douglas McCall, said: “We have two excellent parliamentary candidates who are already working with our local council team to ensure that we get the maximum number of Lib Dem councillors elected to work hard for the residents of Milton Keynes.”