Lib Dems have chosen Rachel Gilmour, a woman born and brought up in Wellington as their candidate to replace Jeremy Browne as the local MP at the 2015 General Election.
“I grew up in Wellington and I have so many great memories of the area. I lived in Hoyles Farm which was owned by the local butcher, Cyril Webber, and then moved to Wellesley Park.,” remembered Rachael.
“ I went to St John’s Primary School when Miss Webber was the Headteacher, and I used to take ballet lessons at Blue Horizon taught by Miss Marshall.
“Since then I have had a number of jobs in the area. I lectured in English at Somerset College of Arts and Technology and became the first Public Relations Officer for Taunton Deane Borough Council.
Rachel’s professional experience includes work with national charities, being the first woman on the board of the National Farmers’ Union and being the Head of Strategy for the Environment Agency up until 2011. She is married to a solicitor and has four children.
“I am delighted to have been chosen to follow in Jeremy Browne’s footsteps. Jeremy has been an outstanding MP for 10 years. “I am extremely proud to have been selected to succeed him as MP for the area which has given so much to me over the years,” she said.
Ms Gilmour has fought previous parliamentary elections for the Lib Dems in Nottingham and Totnes.
Jeremy Browne said: “I am very pleased that Rachel Gilmour has been selected to succeed me in Taunton Deane. She is a strong and energetic candidate who will be a powerful champion for Taunton Deane in Parliament.”
Chairman of the Taunton Deane constituency party, Gill Slattery, expressed her delight: “We are fortunate to have recruited a person of Rachel’s calibre to succeed Jeremy. Her strength of character, breadth of experience and the ability to explain and promote Liberal Democrat values make Rachel a very strong candidate and we know she will be a fantastic MP for this part of Somerset.”