Congratulations to Peter Welch…

by Stephen Tall on January 23, 2009

… on being selected as Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Southend West, the seat of David Amess (the chicken-runner from Basildon).

Peter is a Lib Dem blogger, formerly with Liberal Review (in many ways the precursor to LDV), and latterly at his own Eastern/European blog.

The Southend Echo reports:

The Liberal Democrats have appointed Peter Welch to contest the Southend West seat. The party believes he will bring wide experience of politics at national and international level to a parliamentary seat they have always had hopes of winning.

Mr Welch said: “I am enormously pleased to be part of a team which is battling hard for the residents of the town. There is a very strong Liberal Democrat tradition in Southend West and it is a privilege to be taking that forward.”

In 1997, the Lib Dems were just 2,615 votes behind the Tories; at the last election, the Lib Dems were runners-up, with 24% of the vote to Mr Amess’s 46%.

Good luck, Peter!