This article was first published on 18th December 2018
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With UK politics in turmoil, local branches of the main political parties have been bracing for a general election and choosing their candidates.
Liberal Democrats in Weaver Vale have chosen Daniela Parker as their prospective parliamentary candidate.
Daniela replaces previous candidate Paul Roberts who will be standing in the local council election (Cheshire West and Chester Council) in 2019 for the ward of Farndon.
Paul commented: “I am delighted that Daniela – who lives in the constituency – has been appointed as the Weaver Vale PPC.
“I’m sure she will make a real impact and get a much improved Lib Dem result at the next general election, whenever it happens.”
Daniela said: “I am thrilled to have been selected as the PPC for Weaver Vale.
“I am committed to working with all the members of the local community and demonstrating that our party’s policies can deliver a real improvement in people’s lives.
“Whether that is campaigning against Fracking in our constituency to a fair funding model for our NHS, I believe we offer a much needed alternative to the Labour and the Tories who are being dictated to by the extreme minorities in their parties.”
Daniela added: “I am delighted to already have been able to start putting together my campaign team, and in the new year we will start planning our campaign strategy with my goal to become the Liberal Democrat MP for Weaver Vale.”
Daniela lives in Northwich with her husband and daughter, and works in the charitable sector with victims and witnesses of crime.
She read psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor and has gone on to work to support offenders in custody and with their recovery following substance misuse.
Daniela is active in her local community and has worked with her neighbours to improve the appearance of their urban village and campaign for safer roads as well as objecting to further housing developments in the area.
Daniela is passionate about a number of issues including healthcare – and in particular improving the provision of mental health services.
She also has a keen interest in the criminal justice system, including both the rehabilitation of offenders and the experience of victims and witnesses.
The daughter of an Italian father and a British mother, Daniela classes herself as pro-European, and has been campaigning for an ‘Exit-from-Brexit’, believing strongly that the decision should be returned to the people by way of a People’s Vote.
Daniela has been through the Liberal Democrat’s party approval and training processes, as well as attending a number of party conferences.
Local party chairman Mark Ireland-Jones said: “[Daniella] made an excellent speech at the recent AGM.
“We will be promoting her candidature during the local election campaign as having an excellent PPC is a strong asset.”
He added: “Of course, we have to be prepared for snap general election but I am making no predictions!”