Statement from Daisy Benson on her withdrawal as Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Yeovil
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.
Paddy Ashdown has sent the follow letter to all Yeovil Liberal Democrat Members:
You will have seen the very sad news that Daisy Benson has, for personal reasons withdrawn as our candidate for the General Election on 8th June 2017.
This, I fear means that our meeting tomorrow has been cancelled. I am so sorry for any disruption or inconvenience this may cause.
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.
More details of this process will follow.
With very best wishes