LIBRARY SUPPORTER CHOSEN AS PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR LOCAL CONSTITUENCY

Liberal Democrat activist and campaigner Mick Clark, who showed support for Crewkerne Library at the Friends of Crewkerne Library recent Awareness Day, has been chosen by the Liberal Democrats to be their Parliamentary Candidate for the Yeovil Constituency in the next General Election.

Chair of Yeovil Liberal Democrats Paddy Ashdown, a former MP for Yeovil from 1983 – 2001 said: “I am delighted that we have chosen such an excellent local champion. With Mick Clark as our Parliamentary spokesperson the campaign now begins to provide the local service to local people and our area which we have been used to in the past and so badly need now, at Parliamentary level.”

Mick Clark who met with the Friends of Crewkerne Library and members of the local community at the library’s special day, said after his visit to the town: “I enjoyed taking time out to support the Friends of Crewkerne Library with their campaign to keep their library open. The services provided at these community hubs are at risk from constant and unrelenting cuts to local authorities. It is essential that we support community groups and work with local residents and our local councillors, that are fighting to oppose these cuts and find sustainable solutions to these ongoing challenges.”

Upon hearing of his recent selection as the Liberal Democrats Parliamentary Candidate for the Yeovil Constituency, which includes the towns of Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster, Mick Clark said: “I cannot wait to get started. I’m looking forward to meeting local residents across the constituency in the coming weeks and months to hear the concerns and address the issues local people are facing.” Mick has enjoyed an exciting and well-travelled career. He served in the Royal Air Force and NHS, before working with a range of international missions and NGOs, in some of the world’s most challenging and hostile environments.

On returning to his roots in the Yeovil area, he has dedicated his time to improving opportunities for disadvantaged adults, throughout Somerset, helping those furthest from the job market including young offenders and long-term unemployed. Mick Clark is a local well-known figure where he and his family are equally involved. The family mantra is simple: “Work hard and do good things.”

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