Lib Dem to take on Boris

For­mer leader of Hilling­don group wants to re­place John Randall

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MIKE Cox has been se­lected to con­test the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip con­stituency for the Lib­eral Democrats in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Mr Cox is a for­mer Ruis­lip Manor ward coun­cil­lor and ex-leader of the Hilling­don Lib­eral Democrats.

In 2010, he fought in the gen­eral elec­tion for the same con­stituency.

He works as a char­tered ac­coun­tant, run­ning his own ac­coun­tancy busi­ness, hav­ing stud­ied eco­nomics at Brunel Uni­ver­sity, and is mar­ried with four chil­dren and two grand­chil­dren.

He said: “I am de­lighted to be able to rep­re­sent the Lib­eral Democrats in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip. It is an area in which I have lived since I started at Brunel Uni­ver­sity in 1977.

“Uxbridge and Ruis­lip have been my home ever since.

“It is where I have brought up my fam­ily and where I have been lucky enough to live and work.

“De­spite our po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences, I must pay trib­ute to our cur­rent MP Sir John Randall, whose heart has al­ways been in the right place.

“He will be a tough act to fol­low, no mat­ter who it is.

“His re­place­ment, the mayor of Lon­don, comes across as a cheer­ful chap who knows how to work an au­di­ence.

“His abil­ity to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip with the sort of po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions he has leaves many of us ex­tremely scep­ti­cal.

“The ar­ro­gant way he has parachuted him­self into Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip leaves a lot to be de­sired. I look for­ward to fight­ing hard in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip to show the many Lib Dem achieve­ments while be­ing part of the cur­rent coali­tion gov­ern­ment.”

It is where I have brought up my fam­ily and where I have been lucky enough to live and work”

Con­trib­uted

n ‘DE­LIGHTED’: Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date Mike Cox will be go­ing head to head with Boris John­son for the Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip seat this year

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