The Liberal Democrats have selected their parliamentary candidate for North East Hertfordshire.

Ruth Brown, who has lived in Royston for 35 years, is a district and town councillor and has been deputy leader of North Herts Council for two years, with responsibility for planning and transport.

Her working life has been spent largely in the charity sector, in adult education and volunteer management and, most recently, as a freelance trainer, specialising in mental health-related topics.

Ruth's priority issues are:

  • Protecting our environment through sustainable development, promoting active travel, reducing waste, increasing recycling and providing high quality green spaces.
  • Creating a more equal society by building affordable homes, supporting the most vulnerable and widening access to education and employment.
  • Providing easy access to health and social care for all, by promoting and expanding community-based services for physical and mental health and social care.

Ruth said: "I am absolutely delighted to have been selected by local party members as the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate for North East Herts, to fight the seat at the next general election.

"I will work tirelessly to hold the Tories and the Conservative candidate to account on the issues that really matter to the country and our area - the climate emergency, an economy fit for the future, funding for education and special educational needs, inequalities, our NHS and social care; and strong local democracy, so that our communities can shape their area and bring about positive change."