Liberal Democrats withdraw support for North Herts election candidate
PUBLISHED: 17:28 17 April 2019 | UPDATED: 17:30 17 April 2019
The North Hertfordshire and Stevenage Liberal Democrats has withdrawn its support for one of its local election candidates.
Keith Abrahams has been suspended and will now contest North Hertfordshire District Council's Chesfield ward as an independent.
Mr Abrahams' name has appeared on polling cards under the Lib Dems, but a spokesman for North Hertfordshire and Stevenage Liberal Democrats has seeked to clarify the situation.
Alongside confirming the suspension, a spokesman said: “Mr Abrahams was initially approved as a candidate under the party's internal processes based on the information available. However, in light of new information presented to the candidate approval panel, the party withdrew its support for his candidacy and his campaign.
“While Mr Abrahams appears as a Liberal Democrat on the ballot paper, the party would like to make it clear has suspended all campaigning in Chesfield ward and will maintain that stance for the remainder of the local election campaign.
In response, Mr Abrahams said: “I am disappointed that this unfortunate situation has arisen, which I know some of my colleagues are equally mystified by. However, I hope the Liberal Democratic processes will clarify and resolve any difference of opinion.
“Following a decision, there was not enough time to remove the party endorsement from the ballot paper, which is why I made a public clarifying statement soon after I become aware.
“I will accept the invites to keep campaigning locally for the party as they seek to win even more seats in the North Herts district election.
“There was not enough time to remove the party endorsement from the ballot paper, which is why I made a public statement soon after I become aware.
“In the meantime, I will campaign as an independent supporting the local social, liberal and democratic agendas for the Chesfield ward.”