Cllr James Baker selected to contest Halifax in any snap election



Liberal Democrat group leader Councillor James Baker has been selected to contest Halifax in the event of a snap general election.

Commenting Cllr James Baker said:

"The Liberal Democrat's clear opposition to Brexit resulted in us beating both Conservatives and Labour in the last national election.

"Our membership in Calderdale is higher than ever and we are ready to contest a general election is one is called."

"Anything is possible in this election, never has the political landscape been more uncertain."

"Whilst Labour has no clear position on Brexit, the Conservatives have transformed themselves into a no-deal supporting Brexit party. In contrast, the Liberal Democrat's principles and values are clear. We want to stop Brexit. We are internationalists who know the only way to tackle issues like climate change, immigration and cross-border crime is to work together with other countries."

"Tens of thousands of people voted to remain in the EU in Halifax. Many more who voted to leave have changed their minds."

"People who believe in an open and outward-looking UK within Europe have been left politically homeless. I want to ensure these voters have someone standing up for their interests in this election. "

"I believe that Britain can be a leader in Europe. That we don't have to run away like cowards from the EU because we are scared that it controls us."

"We must avoid retreating into a little England mentality of isolation, loss of influence and division. We can be brave, strong and influence Europe. Our nation is at its greatest when it looks out to the world, and Halifax will be at its greatest as part of a strong UK within a strong EU."

"That is why I am proud to be standing up for bold Liberal values and I'm ready to contest a general election."


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