Lib Dems launch their Camborne candidate

By Matthew Aye-Pe |

On Monday, the Lib Dems launched their parliamentary candidate for Camborne, Hayle and Redruth.

In front of a small crowd Florence MacDonald, proposed what she and the party aim to do to help the community.

Her three main policies centre around mental health, the climate change crisis, and stopping Brexit.

MacDonald, a teacher and outspoken mental health advocate, said: “At last the general election is being held and we have the opportunity to put an end to Brexit uncertainty.

She added: “This has been a Lib Dem seat in the very recent past, and it can be again.”

“…an incredibly efficient and effective campaign…”

She was joined by Terrye Teverson, wife of former MEP Robin Teverson, and Simon Taylor, local community chair.

Taylor said the party are “running an incredibly efficient and effective campaign given what we’ve got”.

MacDonald invigorated a sense of fight and hope into her audience, saying: “I want to focus on protecting the vulnerable, making a good change.

“We’re fighting back and I am working really hard to make that happen.”

“…Brexit will result in more families entering poverty…”

Teverson, who mentioned how hardit was for those living in Cornwall before EU funding, stated that Cornwall is underfunded by 23% in comparison to the national average.

MacDonald added: “The sad reality is Brexit will result in more families entering poverty, more suicides, more vacancies in the NHS and less funding for Cornwall.”

In the past, this particular constituency has favoured MacDonald’s competitor, Conservative MP George Eustice, who has won every election since 2010, but this hasn’t shaken MacDonald’s confidence that she can gain this seat.

She referred to Eustice as a “Brexit-loving Boris supporter who has sold the Cornish fishing industry down the river”.

“I’m not a career politician.”

MacDonald also spoke about one of her other competitors, Labour candidate, Paul Farmer, stating that at no point has Farmer claimed he wants to remain.

She said instead he has stayed undecided. This reflects Labour’s national policy of a second referendum with no advocacy for either leave or remain

When asked about what differentiates her from previous Lib Dem candidates who have competed for the seat, MacDonald said: “Partly my youth, partly the fact that I’m a teacher. I’m not a career politician. I’ve been brought into this role because of the things I want to change.”

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