Lib Dem Reading West PPC steps down

by Stephen Tall on August 26, 2009

From the GetReading website comes news that Patrick Murray, the party’s Parliamentary candidate in Reading West – and occasional contributor to Lib Dem Voice – has decided not to contest the seat at the forthcoming general election:

Mr Murray, 27, has announced his decision not to stand at the General Election. He said the decision of the sitting MP Martin Salter to stand down had made him realise he would not have the time to fight the seat.

When asked whether he was ever a serious candidate, he said: “I was a serious candidate and while I was carrying out my post graduate studies and working as a councillor in Oxford, campaigning in Reading West was just about manageable.

“But now I have got to find a full-time job, realistically I realised that something had got to give and I decided with regret that it would have to be my role as a candidate.”