‘Two horse race’: Transport Minister launches Lib Dem candidate for Manchester Central by-election

By Ian Silvera

Transport Minister Norman Baker MP officially launched the Liberal Democrat Manchester Central by-election campaign, with newly selected candidate Marc Ramsbottom yesterday. 

The campaign launch follows the recent announcement of £322million extra funding towards the Northern Hub rail project for Manchester which could create 30,000 jobs and represents a £4.2billion boost for the regional economy.

Leader of Manchester Lib Dems, Cllr Simon Wheale, said: “Marc was a fantastic Councillor and is very well regarded amongst residents and businesses in the City Centre.”

He added: “He is the best person to take on Labour in what will be a two-horse race in Central.

“I’m delighted Norman Baker took the time out to talk about the job opportunities and economic boost the Northern Hub will give Manchester.”

Marc Ramsbottom said: “It’s great we had the Transport Minister Norman Baker to officially launch the campaign, the Northern Hub will mean more jobs for Mancunians and I will be working very closely with the Transport Minister on this.”

He added: “I’m delighted to have been chosen to fight for the constituency for the third time.   

“I want to use this election as an opportunity to air all the good things that the Lib Dems in government are doing, some things that normally get ignored. 

“We’ve received the biggest ever funding settlement for our Schools, tax cuts for lowest and middle earners, the Pupil Premium and the Northern Hub are just some examples. 

In Manchester Central the only party who can beat Labour are the Liberal Democrats, the Tories haven’t elected a Councillor in Manchester in over 20 years and have never represented Manchester Central.”

The Liberal Democrats face a tough challenge in the by-election in November.

Despite Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington John Leech providing the party with a base,  the party took heavy losses in the last council elections.

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