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Daisy Benson announces she will not stand in Yeovil

Daisy Benson won't stand for election in June's snap election. Photo: ITV West Country

Daisy Benson has withdrawn herself as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary spokesperson for Yeovil citing personal reasons.

She appeared on The West Country debate less than a week ago but will not appear on ballot papers in June's snap election because she's "in the process of completing purchasing a house within the constituency."

Her full statement reads:

With regret I've decided not to put myself forward to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Yeovil in the upcoming snap General Election.

Although I've been preparing for the past year, this election unfortunately comes at precisely the wrong time for me. I'm just in the process of completing purchasing a house within the constituency.

It would be unfair to constituents and the local party not to be able to devote 100% of my time to campaigning in this election but plan to play as a full part as I can in the coming weeks to ensure Yeovil returns a Liberal Democrat MP.

– Daisy Benson

Paddy Ashdown sent a letter to the Yeovil Liberal Democrat members which read:

You will have seen the very sad news that Daisy Benson has, for personal reasons withdrawn as our candidate for the General Election on 8th June 2017.

Daisy has helped to energise the Constituency during her time as our PPC, and, I am very glad to tell you, has offered to continue to campaign for the upcoming County Council Elections in the time available to her, given her house move. This will be very welcome news to all for whom she has campaigned so energetically.

I know you will join me in thanking Daisy for her tremendous efforts, and wish her every success for the future.

The Constituency Officers, working with the national Party, will be initiating the Party’s Shortened By-election Procedure for the Selection of our Candidate for the forthcoming election.

– Paddy Ashdown

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