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Dr. Carol Weaver, a seasoned expert in international relations who has contributed to both of Leicester’s universities, has been introduced as the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for Leicester South in the forthcoming General Election, anticipated later this year. The party hails Dr. Weaver as an “experienced Liberal Democrat campaigner.”

Having previously chaired the Leicestershire European Movement, advocating for closer ties between the UK and the EU, Dr. Weaver brings a wealth of experience to her candidacy. She has lectured in international relations and security at both De Montfort University and the University of Leicester.

The Liberal Democrats have outlined Dr. Weaver’s priorities, which include fostering sustainable economic growth to address the cost-of-living crisis, advocating for improved funding and working conditions for the NHS, expressing support for Ukraine, and promoting peaceful resolutions in the Middle East. Dr. Weaver remarked, “Leicester has been taken for granted for too long, in part due to our undemocratic voting system. A General Election should not be a two-horse race”, told Leicester Mercury.

She continued, emphasizing her commitment to local issues: “Whether it’s supporting our local NHS and school services or dealing with the cost-of-living crisis, I want to help Leicester residents with a change for the better, whilst preserving our vibrant and tolerant community. We need a fair deal for Leicester.”

A spokesperson for the Leicester Liberal Democrats praised Dr. Weaver’s extensive campaign experience and expertise in International Relations. With global conflicts on the rise, the party believes MPs with her level of proficiency are essential for steering Britain toward a positive role in promoting peace and prosperity worldwide. The spokesperson expressed confidence that Dr. Weaver would offer Leicester South residents an excellent choice in the upcoming election.

Leicester South has been under the sway of Labour’s Jon Ashworth since 2011, preceded by Sir Peter Soulsby for six years. However, the Liberal Democrats have a history of success in the region, with Parmjit Singh Gill winning the seat in a 2004 by-election following the death of long-standing MP Jim Marshall. Mr. Gill represented the constituency for a year. As the political landscape evolves, Dr. Carol Weaver steps into the fray, aiming to bring a fresh perspective and address the pressing issues facing Leicester South.

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