Hertsmere Lib Dem parliamentary candidate named
THE Liberal Democrats have announced their prospective parliamentary candidate for Hertsmere.
Anthony Rowlands, 57, will face off against Tory MP James Clappison and Labour candidate Sam Russell at the next General Election, widely expected to take place on Thursday, May 6.
“I look forward to the General Election contest in Hertsmere,” Anthony said.
“Having lived in south Hertfordshire for over 30 years, I am very familiar with the issues facing our area.
“Potters Bar needs a strong voice in Westminster capable of representing local concerns, such as the protection of the Green Belt.”
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Anthony, who lives in St Albans, has unsuccessfully stood for Parliament twice before.
The first time was in 1997, when he was the Lib Dem candidate for St Albans.
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Then, eight years later, he was chosen to be the party’s candidate for his native Isle of Wight.
A former history teacher, Anthony is currently the portfolio holder for community engagement and support on St Albans City & District Council.
He is also a director of the independent, liberal think tank CentreForum.
Anthony is married to Harriet and has two children.
Away from politics, his interests include football, cricket, reading and visiting old churches.
He is also a keen runner and has taken part in the London Marathon on no fewer than 12 occasions.
Hertsmere is regarded as a safe Conservative seat and has been represented by incumbent MP James Clappison since 1992.
At the 2005 General Election, Mr Clappison won the seat with a majority of 11,093.