THE LIBERAL Democrats have appointed a political spokeswoman for West Worcestershire and moved a step closer to establishing a formal rival to MP Harriett Baldwin’s seat.
Cathy Jackson-Read was selected by the party’s constituency executive at the branch’s annual general meeting on Friday (October 25).
She will represent the Lib Dems on national issues until the recruitment process for a prospective Parliamentary candidate begins in the new year.
Many in Malvern may already know of Mrs Jackson-Read who was narrowly defeated by Ian Hopwood for the Langland divisional seat in May’s Worcestershire County Council elections.
She is is also an active member of the Malvern Cube Land Campaign and featured in the Observer last week regarding the latest twist in the saga, as well as being a volunteer at the town’s foodbank.
She said: “I am honoured to be asked to speak out for Liberal Democrats on national issues and will do my utmost to ensure that our voice is heard.
“Having worked mainly with voluntary and community organisations and charities, I have always been interested in improving support and increasing opportunities for the most vulnerable members of our community.
“It dawned on me recently that the only way to effect real change is to be in a position where you can influence national policy.
“I joined the Liberal Democrats because I believe they are the only party that can deliver both a stronger economy and a fairer society.”
Mrs Jackson-Read has lived in Malvern for 17 years and currently works for a Worcester-based charity which supports vulnerable adults.
Her work around the country includes the role as chief officer at Age UK in London, governor at a primary school and director of a social enterprise in Herefordshire.
One of her major causes has been opposing the ‘bedroom tax’ which she voted to abolish at the party’s recent regional AGM.
Tom Wells, leader of district council Lib Dem group and county councillor for Powick, put Mrs Jackson-Read forward for the new role.