Lib Dem candidate announced for general election

History teacher Ian Garrett has been selected by the Liberal Democrats to fight the Aldridge-Brownhills seat in May’s general election.

Garrett is head of history at St Francis of Assisi School in Aldridge and has served as a local councillor. He has also been a parliamentary candidate for the party in Sandwell.

Announcing his candidacy, Garrett said: “The last few years have not been easy for many people, as the government takes action to tackle the Budget deficit.

“However, I am proud of steps Liberal Democrats have taken, like the Pupil Premium, which targets school funding on to those most in need and increases their chances in life.

“I want us to build on what has already been achieved by Liberal Democrats in government.”

The Aldridge-Brownhills seat is being vacated by Conservative MP Sir Richard Shepherd, who has represented the constituency since 1979. Conservative vice-chairman Wendy Morton has been selected by the party to try to retain the seat, which returned a Tory majority of 15,256 in the 2010 election.

UKIP candidate Paul White announced this week he had stood down from the election battle, while Labour will be fielding John Fisher.

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