Liberal Democrat members in Oxford East selected aid worker Alistair Fernie as their Parliamentary Candidate.
Commenting, Alistair Fernie said:
“I’m delighted to have been selected to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Oxford East. A General Election seems imminent. We think most voters in Oxford East want an MP who argues clearly for the UK to remain in the EU.
“Brexit continues to dominate British politics. But Labour’s position on Brexit is still unclear. The Tories are ready to see the job losses, food shortages and price rises a No Deal Brexit will bring, which vulnerable people in Oxford East will struggle to cope with.
“The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain, and have fought consistently for the UK to remain in the EU, and reform its institutions. We are working closely with people from other parties to achieve this.
“Voters want the Brexit nightmare to be over, so the country can focus on building a fairer Britain.
“I will be campaigning to address the housing crisis, put funding of our precious NHS and social care on a sustainable footing, and make more opportunities in education and work available to all young people, whatever their background.
“The world faces a climate emergency, and I want the UK to play a leading role in addressing it - slashing carbon emissions in the UK, but also helping developing countries grow through clean energy use. Investing in a green economy in the UK will also improve the quality of life of Oxford residents - cleaner air, better public transport and less traffic, more high-quality jobs.
“Above all, we need to fix this country’s broken politics. The public wants MPs who listen to their voters, do what they say they’re going to do and work together to solve the country’s problems.”
Standing on a clear Remain message of ‘Stop Brexit’, Liberal Democrats topped the poll in Oxford at the European Parliament elections in May. LibDems won 40% of the vote, nearly as many as Labour, the Conservatives, and Greens combined.
Recent polls have shown the General Election in Oxford East will be a contest between Labour and the Liberal Democrat, with a projection based on a ComRes poll suggesting:
Liberal Democrats: 31.5%
Liberal Democrats came very close to winning Oxford East in the 2005 General Election when many Labour voters were disillusioned with Labour’s policy on Iraq.