A young scientist has been selected by High Peak Liberal Democrats to fight May’s parliamentary election.
Stephen Worrall, of Glossop Road, Charlesworth, is currently working towards a PhD in Nanoscience at the University of Manchester, but his passion for politics has led him to be chosen to run for MP.
Over the last few years, the 25-year-old has been elected Chair of Charlesworth Parish Council and has been a committed supporter of the Liberal Democrats since 2009.
At a packed selection meeting, Stephen told fellow party members it would be an honour to represent the party.
He added: “I believe that our party’s commitment to its core principles both defines us and remains as strong as ever – the freedom of the individual, fairness, equality of opportunity and concern for the long-term future of our environment, all of which are dependent on our economy functioning effectively.”
Stephen was brought up in High Peak and went to Simmondley Primary School and Glossopdale Community College, so he has always been involved with local issues and promised to serve the people of High Peak to the utmost of his ability.
He said: “It is vital for High Peak that we not only maintain our hold on council seats in the central part of the borough, but extend our numbers and influence. I personally will be campaigning hard to make sure this happens.”
The Liberal Democrats finished third in the 2010 election race in High Peak, with a 21.8 per cent share of the vote, an increase of 2.4 per cent.