Somerset Live reports:
Liberal Democrats in Taunton Deane have appointed a potential successor to Jeremy Browne, who is standing down at next year’s general election.
Rachel Gilmour, who was selected as the parliamentary candidate at a packed meeting in Staplegrove Village Hall, grew up in the area. She added that she would be ‘delighted’ to follow Mr Browne, who has represented the constituency for 10 years.
Mr Browne told the meeting: “I am very pleased that Rachel Gilmour has been selected to succeed me in Taunton Deane. She is a strong and energetic candidate who will be a powerful champion for Taunton Deane in Parliament.”
On being selected she said:
I am delighted to have been chosen to follow in Jeremy Browne’s footsteps. Jeremy has been an outstanding MP for 10 years. It will be a great privilege to build on his fantastic legacy. It is a privilege to be chosen to stand for the seat I grew up in. I will work tirelessly for the people of Taunton Deane in the coming months.
The shortlist was Gideon Amos, Justine Baker, Rachel Gilmour, Justine McGuinness and Martin Turner.
Good luck Rachel and it’s good to see both another women selected in a winnable seat and also someone with a strong background in environmental policy.