Adrian Sanders to fight next election
SITTING MP Adrian Sanders has been re-selected by his Torbay Liberal Democrat party to fight the next General Election.
Members voted for him unanimously in a secret ballot at a selection meeting at the St Matthias Church Hall in Torquay.
He was first elected as Torbay's MP in 1997 with a majority of just 12 votes over then Conservative rival Rupert Allason. It was the first time in 71 years the Tories had been beaten in the Bay.
He has successfully defended his seat three times since then.
Mr Sanders said: "If I had been able to claim credit at the last election for the by-pass, the broadband investment ahead of the rest of the country and the South West Water rebate I imagine my majority would have been even higher.
"Successive majority Government's failed to deliver a proper link road for Torbay, failed to give us anything technological ahead of the rest of the country and failed to recognise the injustice of high water charges in Devon and Cornwall. I am proud to have helped put this right since the last election.
"I am really looking forward to the next election that will be a tight contest as always between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats with the added interest this time of a strong UKIP challenge, probably forcing Labour into fourth, rather than their usual third place."
Hamish Renton, chairman of Torbay Liberal Democrats, said he was not at all surprised at the unanimous vote.
He said: "Adrian has always put his constituents' first demonstrating uncompromising integrity. For example, when standing up to the press barons during the phone hacking inquiry or voting for a referendum on our membership of the EU.
"He has achieved great things for our area and helped thousands of local people with their concerns. He has a national reputation as a champion on animal welfare issues, and a growing international standing as a campaigner for the prevention of diabetes and better treatment for those with the condition."