Originally published 18 April 2017.
The General Election is a chance for voters in Cheltenham to stop 'hard' Brexit, save the NHS and invest in schools
People in Cheltenham should vote for the Liberal Democrats to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local NHS and local schools, the party’s candidate and former Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood has said today.
The Prime Minister today [Tuesday] called a snap General Election to be held on 8 June, breaking her repeated promises not to do so.
The Liberal Democrats are standing on a clear platform to prevent a hard Brexit by staying in the single market, to reach a sustainable new funding deal to save the NHS and invest in education.
Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Horwood commented:
“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Cheltenham to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.
“People in Cheltenham voted decisively to stay in the EU, but even those who voted Leave certainly didn't vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May wants to impose on us after Labour helped her to trigger Article 50.
“But this election won't just be about Brexit. We've all seen the majority of NHS trusts plunge into the red in the last two years making it impossible to restore the local health services we need here, like a full-time A&E in Cheltenham.
"And now we have a full-scale financial crisis facing local schools as well, with spending cuts already biting and a new national formula welcomed by our local Conservative MP expected to leave 15 local schools even worse off.
Tory scare tactic won't work a second time
"In 2015 the Conservatives scared many moderate voters in Cheltenham into supporting them to stop 'Ed Miliband and the SNP' getting into Number Ten. It won't wash a second time. The SNP already have nearly every seat in Scotland and Jeremy Corbyn is going to lead a bitterly divided Labour Party to abject defeat.
“The Liberal Democrats have been the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the real champions of investment in our local NHS and local schools. We are the only credible opposition to the Conservatives, the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united and I urge everyone who agrees with us to join us and vote for us."