Lib Dems unveil their candidates to tackle Labour strongholds at next General Election

THE Lib Dems are aiming to prise Derbyshire seats from Labour.
THE Lib Dems are aiming to prise Derbyshire seats from Labour.
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The Liberal Democrats have announced their candidates to fight two Labour strongholds in Derbyshire at the next General Election.

The North-East Derbyshire constituency, currently held by Labour’s Natascha Engel with just over 40% of the vote, will be contested by David Lomax, who is the former head of special needs at New Mills School. And the Bolsover constituency, which Labour veteran Dennis Skinner has made his own since 1970, is to be contested by Ross Shipman, who is chairman of North-East Derbyshire and Bolsover Lib Dems.

The party says Mr Lomax can capitalise on “growing discontent with Labour”, while the “young and dynamic” Mr Shipman was the ideal candidate to tackle the 84-year-old ‘Beast Of Bolsover’.