Salisbury’s Liberal Democrats have chosen City Councillor Victoria Charleston as their candidate for parliament in the next general election.

Cllr Charleston also stood as the party’s candidate in 2019, coming in second against longtime incumbent Conservative MP John Glen.

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Salisbury Journal: Liberal Democrats in Salisbury have chosen City Councillor Victoria CharlestonLiberal Democrats in Salisbury have chosen City Councillor Victoria Charleston (Image: Salisbury Liberal Democrats)

Cllr Charleston serves on the Finance and Governance Committee, Environment and Climate Committee and the Salisbury Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group on the Salisbury City Council and works as strategy and development manager at the Alice Ruggles Trust, a national charity that works to fight stalking. The Liberal Democrats said she has planned to focus her campaign on issues such as the state of the NHS, the cost of living and climate change.

Cllr Charleston said: “Since 2019, my team and I have knocked on 18,900 doors and spoken to 5,500 people. Time and time again the message we hear is how betrayed and let down people feel by the Conservatives locally and nationally. I am here to offer people a real alternative to the party of Johnson, Truss and Sunak.

"I will be a genuinely local MP who puts Salisbury and South Wiltshire first, arguing for better NHS and social care provision locally, ensuring no family has to choose between heating and eating, and real leadership to tackle the climate crisis.

“People locally deserve better than the last 13 years of Conservative government. I am here to stand up for Salisbury and South Wiltshire.”