Dozens of Liberal Democrats gathered this weekend to kick off the party's local election campaign in East Herts and to launch the newly selected prospective parliamentary candidate for Hertford and Stortford, Helen Campbell.
Helen, who is a Hertfordshire county councillor and a former business journalist, said:
"I am absolutely delighted to be selected by the Hertford and Stortford Liberal Democrats to be their candidate in the next General Election. I am especially pleased to be selected where the Liberal Democrats are the opposition on the District and County councils and are leading the way in holding the Conservatives to account.
I've already spoken to hundreds of residents in our area and they're telling me that the cost of living crisis is really tough for them, they are concerned about large developments without the right infrastructure, they are struggling to see a doctor or dentist, and they feel like they have been left without a voice.
Whether it's the Old River Lane proposals, the Briggen Estate quarry plans, or concerns over mass house-building without sufficient infrastructure to the north and east of Ware, if I am elected as an MP for Hertford and Stortford local residents will have an MP who fights their corner and is a strong voice here and in Westminster."
Joining Helen Campbell to speak to residents on their doorsteps was Daisy Cooper, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for St Albans. Daisy Cooper said:
"Helen is an experienced councillor and passionate campaigner who puts people first. I know that Helen will take the fight to the Conservatives and, if elected, will give the residents of Hertford and Stortford what they deserve - a hard-working community champion who will represent them properly here and in Westminster."
The East Herts launch event comes hot on the heels of a visit by Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey to Rickmansworth last week, when he said:
"Voters across Hertfordshire have had enough of broken promises from a Conservative Party that no longer represents them."