Several Lib Dems unopposed as rival parties struggle to field candidates.
North Devon Liberal Democrats, led by their first female Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Kirsten Johnson, are standing a record-breaking number of candidates across the constituency for elections on May 2.
Lib Dem candidates outnumber Conservatives, who have had to concede six places on Barnstaple Town Council alone to the Lib Dems for lack of ability to field Tory candidates.
Mining a rich seam of local talent, the North Devon Liberal Democrats’ youngest candidate is Tristan Clarkson, 19, standing unopposed in Fort Hill. In Bickington, the Lib Dems are fielding three candidates: Helen Walker, a wheelchair user and disability rights advocate; Joy Cann, an experienced North Devon councillor and volunteer worker with local young people; and Barnstaple rugby player Will Topps, a teacher and former local journalist.
There are more women on the team than ever before. New faces include: Ros Armstrong, a nurse and mother of six who is standing in Bishops Nympton and local solicitor, Victoria Nel, standing in Landkey. Anti-bullying champion, Syed Jusef, makes his political debut in the Central ward of Barnstaple Town Council.
Kirsten Johnson said: “This is a team of candidates who properly represent the communities of North Devon they hope to serve as councillors. Our candidates in 2019 reflect the real North Devon”.
David Worden, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on North Devon Council, added: “It is great to have such a group of enthusiastic, passionate and compassionate people to work with. We have been working hard everywhere and offer the voters of North Devon a positive alternative to the austerity and political cynicism of the Conservatives.”