Tom Gordon

Harrogate and Knaresborough

 

Harrogate and Knaresborough

Parliamentary Candidate: Tom Gordon

Tom was born and raised in Yorkshire, and growing up nearby he has fond memories of visiting the Great Yorkshire Show with school and day trips to Knaresborough Market with his Gran.

He was the first person in his family to go to University, and studied for a BSc (hons) in Biochemistry and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) at Newcastle University, before working in the scientific recruitment and health services research sector. 

Tom first got involved in politics after family life was turned upside down, when his mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. He saw first hand how statutory sick pay (SSP) wasn’t enough for his mum, a single parent working a minimum wage job, to put food on the table and pay the bills. He moved home and switched to studying part time to help care for and support his mum and younger sister.  

It was this experience, and seeing first hand the lack of support for our most vulnerable and sick, that saw Tom become politically engaged and campaign for change. His involvement in politics saw him elected to a neighbouring Local Authority, where he was one of the youngest Council Group Leaders in Yorkshire. He took up positions working as a Researcher to an MEP and later running an MP’s office.

Tom now has settled in Harrogate and has worked in a number of policy roles in the charitable sector, including for the Carers Trust. As a former young adult carer himself, he is passionate about fighting for increased support and recognition for carers and the work they do.

Outside of politics, Tom is also a keen runner and badminton player. He has completed over a dozen long distance charity runs, including the Paris and Berlin marathons, raising money for a range of charities including Cancer Research and Alzheimer’s Society. 

In September 2023, Tom will be once again taking on the Great North Run in support of St Michaels’ hospice alongside Lib Dem friends and colleagues.

Daniel Callaghan

Richmond and Northallerton

Parliamentary Candidate: Daniel Callaghan

Since being selected as the Liberal Democrat PPC for Richmond & Northallerton, I’ve been getting out to meet people right across our wonderful constituency and finding out which issues are at the top of your agenda as we edge closer towards the 2024 General Election. I’m hearing loud and clear that people here are sick to death with the mess the Conservatives are making, both nationally and in our area.

Just look at their record since Rishi Sunak became our MP: we’ve lost our only A&E department at Northallerton; the area ranks in the worst 4% of 650 constituencies when it comes to the amount of sewage dumped annually in our rivers and streams; and the spiralling cost of living crisis fuelled by Tory chaos in Westminster is having a crippling impact on local families and businesses.

Having been born and raised here, I’m saddened and outraged to see this happening to the area I will always call home. We cannot take another four years of this - we need and deserve change.

The good news is that change is possible, and up and down the country, in rural seats like ours, people are switching their vote to the Liberal Democrats as the only realistic alternative to Tory rule. Just look at our by-election wins this year across the county, reinforcing our position as the official opposition on North Yorkshire Council.

While Labour are openly admitting that Richmond & Northallerton is not a priority seat, I stand ready to take on the Tories. But to do that, I need your help. Are you in?

Whether it’s making a donation to my campaign fund, or delivering leaflets in your street or village, I’m always keen to speak to people who want to make a difference and can support my campaign. You can email directly at daniel@richmondnorthallertonlibdems.org.uk.

Graham Lockwood

Scarborough and Whitby

Parliamentary Candidate: Robert Graham Lockwood

Graham grew up on a local farm and attended Newby and Scalby Schools, and Goldsmiths University in London – graduating in History.

He lives and runs his business in the constituency.

As a Greenpeace and Liberal Democrat party member for over 30 years, he supports Sir Ed Davey’s £10 billion investment proposals to make Britain the global leader in tidal energy and expand wind power. Clean electricity generation is the future for our energy and transport needs. Local communities must be allowed to build local affordable housing immediately. He pledges his support to opposing fracking, improving social care, transport, education and infrastructure. Business will improve with progressive politics.

Vote for Robert Graham Lockwood to:

* Insist the government upgrades the A64 and local railways

* Defend Britain’s farming and fishing against cheap imports

* Oppose fracking at all costs * Rejoin the Single Market

* Ensure education is funded properly

* Re-instate the LibDem’s commitment to renewable energy

Christian Vassie

Selby

Parliamentary Candidate: Christian Vassie

Contact: cllr.cvassie@york.gov.uk,  phone number: 01904 449206 

Christian is a City of York Councillor (13 years) and a creative professional. He has produced the music for over 80 television and film productions, worked as a product designer and design manager in Fair Trade, produced environmental films in countries across Europe, is a successful fiction author and, for nine years, edited the Green Liberal Democrats' Challenge magazine. He's run his own business for 30 years. He grew up in Deighton, south of York and lives with his family in Wheldrake. 

Christian is passionate about the environment, human rights, internationalism, and ensuring that rural communities thrive in a changing world. 

"Over his 13 years as a city councillor Christian has consistently focused on delivering practical change. If elected he will do the same in parliament. 

2006 Christian brought City of York Council its first environmentally sustainable building - the ecoDepot - the largest straw-clad building in Europe, saving the city council tens of thousands a year in energy bills ever since. 

2008, as executive member for Leisure & Culture, Christian introduced the 'smart meter library scheme' whereby residents could borrow smart meters from their local library as easily as borrowing a book. This was copied in 30 local authorities across the UK, and in other European Countries. 

2019 As chair of the climate change committee, he persuaded the administration to introduce a carbon reduction manager post to oversee the create of a credible climate change policy and strategy. 

2020 Christian created the city's first wildflower verge, in Wheldrake, 7000 square metres that provide new habitat for pollinators, birds, harvest mice, and 75 wildflower species including rare bee orchids. 

Christian also led action on persuading the city council to lobby Government on the crisis in NHS dentistry. 

2022 he led the charge to save Naburn Parish school from closure, protecting a village and primary school education. 

2023, after 3 years as City of York council's representative on the North Yorkshire Pension Fund Committee, Christian had been instrumental in driving £450 million pounds of investments towards equities that are in line with the Paris Agreement Climate Accords, including £140 million specifically into a climate opportunities fund supporting green infrastructure, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. 

2024 he has been working, as vice chair of the Health Commitee, to persuade the Integrate Care Partnership to create new primary care centres in rural areas that combine doctors, dentists and a pharmacy in one building. 

"We cannot respond to the health care needs of local residents and cut carbon emissions from transport without transforming the way primary care is delivered in rural areas," says Christian.

Changing our nation isn't just about identifying what is wrong with others, it is about advancing solutions. 

 

 

Andrew Murday

Skipton and Ripon

Parliamentary Candidate: Andrew Murday

Contact: andrew.murday@btinternet.com, tel; 07785 715750

Liberal Democrat candidate for Skipton and Ripon Andrew Murday will be campaigning for action to tackle the cost of living crisis, the NHS crisis and the sewage scandal.

Dr Murday, who was formerly a consultant heart surgeon in the NHS, has represented Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale on the North Yorkshire Council since 2022. Since his election he has proven to be a resolute advocate for residents. He has taken a particular interest in children and family issues as well as health and adult care.

He is chair of Nidderdale Natural Landscape (previously the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and sits on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. 

Dr Murday said: ‘It is always a great honour to put yourself forward to represent the people who you live with. The towns, villages and countryside of Skipton and Ripon, where I have lived for the last 15 years, make the place very special’.

The Liberal Democrats are on the up after beating the Conservatives at the May local elections and winning four stunning parliamentary by-election victories since the last General Election.

Responding to Rishi Sunak calling a General Election, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Skipton and Ripon, Andrew Murday said:

“For years our area has been taken for granted by an out-of-touch Conservative Government that has failed to get the basics right and lurched from crisis to crisis - now it’s time for a change.

“Local health services have been brought to their knees, people’s mortgages and rent have skyrocketed and water companies have been allowed to pump their filthy sewage into our rivers and beaches. All this by a Conservative government more interested in fighting between themselves than standing up for the country.

“Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote for a fair deal. It’s a vote for a party that will stand up for our community and our health services.”

Contact: tel:07785 715750 email: andrew.murday@btinternet.com

 

Steve Mason

Thirsk and Malton

Parliamentary Candidate: Steve Mason

The prospective candidate for Thirsk and Malton at the general election will be local campaigner and councillor for Amotherby and Ampleforth, Steve Mason. Steve has been actively involved in campaigns in the area for ten years, first through his national profile in the Anti-Fracking movement, then as a leading member of the local party. In 2019 he was elected as the councillor for Amotherby on Ryedale council then in 2022 for Amotherby and Ampleforth on the new North Yorkshire council.

Steve lives in the constituency and advises organisations on how to deliver environmental and social value. He is married with two sons and a house full of dogs!

 

James Monaghan

Wetherby and Easingwold

Parliamentary Candidate: James Monaghan

Contact: jamesjmonaghan@gmail.com

James was born and raised in Yorkshire and currently lives in Knaresborough with his partner, Hannah and their two young children. 

James studied a BSC (Hons) in Physics with Space Technology at Leicester University, during which time he interned at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Leicester Space Research Centre researching climate change. He has always had an interest in the old and the new and undertook research in the archaeological applications of satellite data. 

After graduating James established a software development business, which he ran for several years in Leeds before selling the company. As a lifelong Liberal Democrat James was involved in campaigning in Leeds and was elected as a councillor to Leeds City Council. 

As a Leeds councillor James was an Area Committee Chair and latterly Executive Member for the Environment where he chaired the Leeds Climate Change Partnership. James brought his enthusiasm for championing green issues to the role, which saw Leeds lead the way for commitments on tackling climate change during his tenure. 

With the birth of their first child James and his partner Hannah moved to Knaresborough where James served on Knaresborough Town Council and was chair of Knaresborough Civic Society and involved in the Chamber of Trade. James is currently the director of an insurance company where he has worked for the past 10 years. 

James is passionate about preserving our built heritage and the character of our towns and villages. James is no nimby but believes new housing should be built in sustainable locations with high quality design. 

James is a member of the Electoral Reform Society and a strong believer in making our voting system fairer.

 

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