Hugo's Reaction to the new Tory candidate for North Dorset
It was announced by the "North Dorset Conservative Association" on the 3rd February that Simon Hoare had been chosen as their candidate for the North Dorset parliamentary constituency.
In reaction Hugo said:
It seems a shame that the Tories have not seen fit to appoint a candidate with a background in North Dorset. Instead they have "parachuted in" a candidate from David Cameron's own parliamentary constituency in Witney, Oxfordshire, who apparently has extensive experience as a lobbyist for the construction industry.
As someone who has lived in North Dorset for 30 years, I am very aware of local issues, and stand ready to serve my community.
Hugo, together with his West Dorset Liberal Democrat PPC colleague Ros Kayes, has recently announced the launch of a Rural Bill of Rights, which attempts to establish a set of legally-enforceable rights for rural residents, including the right to be consulted on any major planning development which affects them.
Hugo has campaigned on several local issues, including the potential Barratt's estate in Shaftesbury, the closure of the C13 at Melbury Abbas, and cuts in rural bus services.