The Liberal Democrats have selected their prospective parliamentary candidate for Richmond.
Local man Philip Knowles has been chosen to stand for the party if and when there is a general election.
He said: “I’m delighted to be selected as the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for an area in which I’ve lived all my life.
“Those living and working in Richmond (Yorks) Demand Better of this government, and of the two-party system that lets them down again and again.
“We live in a wonderful area but, even so, there are pockets of real poverty in our constituency.
“Severe cuts to local NHS services, rural transport and public services have made life difficult. I hear daily of the disastrous impact that a NoDeal Brexit will have on farmers and businesses locally.
The Government announcement of potential delays and shortages of fuel, medicines and fresh food is worrying for us all.”
Philip, from Eppleby, added: “We all deserve better than to be represented by Tory candidates ‘parachuted’ into a constituency they think they own. That needs to change. I live, went to school and work here and I’m proud to be part of our community.
“Living here, I too share the issues that we all have to cope with. My family are farmers in Wensleydale and they tell me how badly Brexit could affect our traditional farming livelihoods.”
Philip has lived all his life in Richmondshire and says he would be proud to represent the people he lives amongst.
Philip worked in the construction industry and engineering before teaching at Darlington College.
He is now a university lecturer