Following a pair of hustings this weekend, Liberal Democrat members in North Deveon have selected Kirsten Johnson from a field of three female candidates to be the party’s new Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC).
The seat was previously held by Nick Harvey from 1992-2015. He is now the party’s Chief Executive.
Currently a county councillor in Oxfordshire, Kirsten Johnson’s family comes from Devon:
My family is from North Devon. My mother-in-law, Elisabeth Buckingham, grew up in Landkey. Her father, and his father before him, were both Chair of the North Devon Liberal Party. I would love to build on this rich family heritage as the next MP for North Devon…
I have a doctorate in music and am a classical pianist. You can find out about my work and my CDs at www.kirstenjohnsonpiano.com … I love to read and walk, and enjoy art and good food! I am a County Councillor and am committed to supporting local residents and parish councils, finding real solutions to problems. I get things done!
Cllr Alan Rennles, Chair of North Devon Lib Dems, said:
We are pleased to welcome Kirsten as our new prospective candidate, and look forward to campaigning alongside her in the coming months as we prepare for elections next May for North Devon Council – and for a General Election whenever it may come.
She has impressed party members with her campaigning verve, and in the centenary year of women first getting the vote we are pleased to field a female candidate for this parliamentary seat for the first time.
Kirsten Johnson added,
I am delighted to have been selected for such a winnable seat and to be coming to such a wonderful part of the country.
It is a big challenge, but the Conservative Government is failing North Devon – whose economy and public services are suffering as a result of their policies – and I am determined to win the seat back again.
Nick Harvey responded to the news saying:
North Devon is our party’s seventh best prospect in the country, and with no shortage of issues to get her teeth into, I look forward to Kirsten getting her campaign started.
UPDATE: She stood down as the PPC in September 2019.
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