A new Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has been selected to campaign for the Brentwood and Ongar seat at the next General Election.

Councillor and David Kendall who has lived in Brentwood for 30 years, hopes to overtake current Conservative MP Alex Burghart.

Cllr Kendall has been an Essex County Councillor for over ten years representing the Brentwood South Division, his current Ward being Pilgrims Hatch.

Speaking after his selection, Cllr Kendall said “I am delighted to be contesting the Brentwood & Ongar seat for the Liberal Democrats at this key moment in our country’s history.

“For me Stopping Brexit and the loss of trust in Boris Johnson’s Conservative government are two of the key issues at stake at this election.

“However, I am also passionate about getting better mental health services, addressing climate change and fighting for improvements to our rail and bus services.”

The Lib Dem candidate owns and operates a small business in the heart of the constituency which he set up from scratch fifteen years ago.

Cllr Kendall has also built a strong reputation for action and getting things done on a wide range of issues including fighting library closures and better transport link.

He knows the Brentwood & Ongar constituency very well and over the years has met and helped thousands of residents.

“At the recent Euro elections the Liberal Democrats came a strong second in Brentwood & Ongar as residents recognised us as the only credible Remain party and the only serious alternative to the Conservatives,” explained Cllr Kendall. “We live in very uncertain political times and I sense there is a real mood for change.

“Many residents I’ve spoken to don’t trust Boris Johnson’s Conservative government and are totally opposed to a no deal Brexit because they believe it will be an economic disaster for this country and will cause food and medical shortages.

“If I am elected as the MP for Brentwood & Ongar I will champion resident’s views at Westminster on Brexit and the issues that matter to them and give them the service and action they deserve.”

The next General Election is currently scheduled for May 5, 2022.