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February 20, 2017 1:03 PM

At a County Council election campaign launch meeting in Kenilworth last week, the Liberal Democrats announced their candidates to contest the three Kenilworth county divisions on 4th May.

There have been substantial boundary changes since the last county elections in 2013, with Kenilworth Abbey disappearing completely. Parts of it will be amalgamated into enlarged St John's and Park Hill divisions. The rest - all the town areas north of Abbey Fields, and including Burton Green - will be merged with a large swathe of rural Warwickshire to form a new Lapworth & West Kenilworth division.

Richard DicksonStanding in St. John's will be Richard Dickson, who has been active in the local community for 25 years, for example as chair of governors at St John's School, at St John's Church, with Round Table, at Waverley Day Centre, theKenilworthCentre and with the Fairtrade group. He has previously been a candidate at both local and parliamentary elections.

Rachel ClaytonRepresenting the Lib Dems in Park Hill will be Rachel Clayton, with extensive experience of working in both the charity and public sector. She currently works for a national charity, having previously worked at the Alzheimer's Society and before that at Warwickshire County Council working in adult care and support.

Kate DicksonIn the new division of Lapworth & West Kenilworth, Kate Dickson will be standing. Kate has been a town councillor representing Abbey Ward for nearly six years, and is currently deputy town mayor. She is a community midwife working for South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, and knows well some of the rural areas that are joining the new division.

With buoyant local party membership and a strong conviction that local people are willing to back the Liberal Democrats where they think they can win, the party will be fighting a vigorous election campaign across all three divisions between now and 4th May.