Lib Dems announce Richmond candidate for General Election

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond has been announced as Tobie Abel.

The Liberal Democrat candidate for Richmond has been announced as Tobie Abel.

His formal adoption will be confirmed at an event in Northallerton at 7.30pm on Friday.

The Lib Dems say he will campaign to give a voice to the many residents who oppose Theresa May’s Hard Brexit.

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Tobie said: “Over 11,000 constituents voted to remain in the EU, and many more will be deeply concerned at the way the Tories are now determined to pursue immigration control above every other priority this country faces.

“Only the Lib Dems can offer real opposition to this government.

“Labour is in the midst of a civil war, and the polls are predicting a Tory landslide that threatens single party domination of this country for the next decade.

“Every vote for the Lib Dems is an act of independent-minded willingness to question and challenge this Government in true Yorkshire spirit.”

Tim Farron, MP, leader of the Lib Dems, said: “This election is your chance to change the direction of our country.”

“If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit, if you want to keep Britain in the Single Market, if you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.”

Tobie is setting off on his own ‘Tour de Tobie’ with his ‘Yellow Chair Tour’ visiting  many of the local towns and villages with a couple of Yellow Chairs where residents can sit down, have a chat, question Tobie or just talk about the weather.

Confirmed dates are:

  • Stokesley 6th May 10am -12pm
  • Northallerton 13th May 10am-12pm
  • Bedale 13th May 1pm-3pm
  • Great Ayton 14th May 1pm-3pm
  • Richmond 20th May 10am-12pm
  • Leyburn 21st May 10am -12pm
  • Catterick Garrison 21st May 1pm-3pm
  • Reeth 27th May 10am – 12pm
  • Hawes 28th May 11am-1pm

Tobie Abel works in IT and first moved to Yorkshire after graduation in 2000, before returning to settle and start a family with his wife in 2011.