Liberal Democrats announce High Peak candidate for general election

Charles Lawley will be standing in the general election as the High Peak candidate for the Liberal Democrats
Charles Lawley will be standing in the general election as the High Peak candidate for the Liberal Democrats

The Liberal Democrat High Peak candidate for the general election in June has been announced.

Charles Lawley, who was unsuccessful as the county candidate in the recent local elections, hopes to be the one to take the views of the High Peak to Westminster.

The 29-year-old, husband, father-of-two and humanitarian aid worker from Chapel-en-le-Frith had the biggest voter swing of all candidates in High Peak, with 23 per cent, and increased the Lib Dem vote by over 700per cent overtaking Labour in Chapel and Hope Valley.

He said: “I’m raising a young family of my own here, my little boy is four and my daughter has just turned 2 and I’m worried about what type of High Peak they will inherit.

“I believe the government should provide essential services like police, healthcare and schools but we’re seeing huge cuts to these across the High Peak. I believe the High Peak deserves better.”

Charles currently works for a humanitarian aid NGO, which helps the poorest people across the world and in the UK.

He backs the British people having a second referendum on leaving the EU as he believes people were not well-enough informed before going to the polls.

He said: “I believe the Liberal Democrats are the best choice for the High Peaks we are the only party who stands up for rural communities like most of the towns and villages in the High Peak.

“The voters of the High Peak need to asks themselves if they want a Conservative government who are crippling our communities, a dying Labour Party who is more interested in fighting itself than fighting for you or a resurgent Liberal Democrats?”