Liberal Democrats select new Parliamentary Candidate for Weston super Mare, Worle and the villages.

Weston super Mare Liberal Democrats have selected local resident Patrick Keating as their prospective parliamentary candidate for the next general election.

Patrick lives in Blagdon with his wife Lindsay and dogs Junior and Monty. Is a strong believer in community action Patrick is a trustee of the Community Council for Somerset which provides services to rural communities across the county and is a non-parent governor of a local primary School.

A life-long supporter of the Liberal Democrat vision of an open, tolerant and united Britain, Patrick was pushed into action the morning after the Brexit referendum. “The morning after the EU referendum, I thought – did I do enough to fight for what I believe in? So I took action and joined the only party that is fighting to protect Britain’s place in Europe and give the people the final say on the Brexit deal – the Liberal Democrats.”

Two years after having joined the Party, Patrick is now the Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Weston super Mare constituency, and will hoping to stand for the at the next North Somerset County Council elections to ensure local residents views and concerns are heard in the council chamber.

Weston-super-Mare Liberal Democrat Chairman Cllr Ray Armstrong said “As a local resident living in the Weston Constituency, I and the local party are looking forward to working with Patrick so that’s Weston, Worle and surrounding villages voice is heard locally and nationally.”

Patrick said: “I am delighted to have been selected to fight the next General Election for the Liberal Democrats. It will be a big challenge, but the Conservative Government is failing the residents of Weston and the villages as the economy and public services are suffering as a result of their policies.”

“The Liberal Democrats have been invigorated by a surge in new members who are passionate about our vision for an open, tolerant and united UK. I encourage anyone thinking about joining to do so, and for new members to get active however they can, whether that’s simply helping with leafletting or standing for the upcoming local council elections. It all makes a huge difference to our community!”

Patrick currently works in public affairs and policy for a multinational car manufacturing company. Working in the automotive industry, and having lived and worked across Europe, Patrick knows first-hand the dangers the Conservative’s hard Brexit poses to jobs and prosperity in the South West of England, as well as the future and opportunities of young people.

Patrick is passionate about the community, and will fight to ensure that the people of Weston, Worle and the villages have access to the services they need and that local business can thrive.

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Weston slams Tory Government over not listening to local business such as Airbus.

Local resident and recently appointed Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Weston-super-Mare, Worle and surrounding villages said a Tory Hard Brexit will mean local job losses as Airbus plans a move away from UK.

Today, Airbus has announced that the Tory government’s failure to provide clarity on the UK’s trading relationship with the EU means that it is seriously considering closing its UK operations.

Many of the aerospace company’s 3,000 employees at its Bristol factory live in the Weston super Mare area and Brexit job losses at Airbus and its suppliers will seriously impact families and businesses across the South West of England.

Patrick Keating, Liberal Democrat Prospective MP for Weston, Worle and the villages said: “The government’s reckless approach to the Brexit negotiations, failure to listen to business and pursuit of a damaging hard Brexit will have a real impact of the livelihoods of people in Weston and surrounding area. Only the Liberal Democrats are fighting for an Exit from Brexit and to give the people the final say on the Brexit deal.”

Meanwhile, the Conservative MP for Weston super Mare, John Penrose has joined Jacob Rees Mogg and other hard Brexit supporters to pursue a damaging hard Brexit. And Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party have failed to provide an effective opposition to the Government’s damaging Brexit plans.

Tell your MP the UK needs to stay in the Customs Union

On Thursday, MPs will be voting on a motion call on the UK to stay in the Customs Union after Brexit. Staying in the Customs Union would support manufacturing business that rely on frictionless access to European customers and suppliers, ensure our farmers are not hit by tariffs on their exports and importantly protect the Irish peace process by avoiding the need to impose a hard border across the island or Ireland.

We need MPs from all parties to vote in favour of this motion – this will send a strong signal to government that we do not want a damaging hard Brexit.

Please the template letter below to send an email to your MP asking them to vote in favour of staying in the Customs Union this Thursday:

 

Dear [your local MP, who can be found here]

On Thursday you will have a chance to vote on a motion for the UK to stay in the EU customs union after Brexit. I am emailing you now to ask you to vote in favour of this motion on my behalf.

The first and most important reason why we need to be in the customs union is to protect our industry. As I’m sure you are aware, the CBI has made a strong case for our continued membership, with Carolyn Fairbairn making the case that such a relationship is a ‘practical, real-world answer’ that is best for jobs, wages and living standards after the transition period ends. The purpose of a customs union is to remove tariffs between countries and so cut administrative burdens as goods move across borders, which is why the CBI is so supportive.

Some of the largest employers in the region, including Honda and Airbus have made clear that membership of the customs union is essential to their business.

The customs union is also vital for the many food and farming businesses that our economy depends on. Outside the customs union our farmers would be faced with paying the external tariffs on the huge proportion of the exports that go to other European countries. When margins are so tight and competition so fierce this is likely to mean the end of many farm livelihoods. I am entirely unconvinced that this trade can be replaced by trade with Australia or Argentina, both because of the additional costs associated with transport to distant markets and because many of the countries that the government proposed trade deals with are already major food exporters.

Finally, we have the question of the Irish peace process. I am sure you agree that the achievement of peace in the island of Ireland should not be put at risk by the process of Brexit. Staying in the customs union would considerably ease the issue of the Irish border. Brussels has made clear that it is entirely unconvinced by the so-called technical solution proposed by the government and that this will mean the need for a hard border unless the UK stays in the customs union.

Please do not be distracted by the argument over whether it should be the existing customs union or a new but similar arrangement. It is clear that for Brussels to agree such an arrangement the UK would be required to meet the conditions of the customs union as it currently exists: a bespoke deal is simply not on the table.

I am emailing you now to ask you to have the courage to vote for a strong future for your constituency and our national economy. Please have the courage to vote for the UK to stay a part of the customs union on Thursday.

[Be sure to add your name and address so your MP knows you are a constituent]