LIBERAL Democrat members in Penrith and the Border have selected Matthew Severn as their new prospective Parliamentary candidate.

Matthew, 33, of Kendal, is a district councillor and runs Market Place Books in the town. Previously he was an insurance broker dealing with flood claims, including in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

Matt is married to Penny and they have a young daughter.

“It is an absolute delight and a huge honour to be selected as your Parliamentary candidate," he said on the night he was selected.

“I look forward to travelling the length and breadth of the constituency meeting people. I will be standing up as the authentic true voice for Britain remaining in Europe, for a People’s Vote to Stop Brexit and to protect the farming industry, your food and the environment from a No Deal Brexit.

“The Liberal Democrat vision doesn’t stop there though. I will also be fighting to see proper affordable housing for families and young people built. I’ll be pushing for more funding to improve access to GPs surgeries, dentists and mental health services. And I’ll work with the Liberal Democrat leadership of Eden council and the Liberal Democrats on Cumbria County Council to take real action to tackle the climate change emergency.”