Liberal Democrat candidate for Truro and Falmouth Ruth Gripper is 'delighted and honoured' after she had been reselected by party members at the next general election.

The 36-year old, who stood against Cherilyn Mackrory in the 2019 election, said: "I'm delighted and honoured to have been reselected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Truro and Falmouth. This is my home and I will always put the people of Truro and Falmouth first.

"The lies and chaos from Downing Street over so many months have done huge damage to our politics and to our country's standing in the world. People deserve better from our politicians. That's why I got into politics in the first place and I'm looking forward to sharing our positive Liberal Democrat alternative.

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Outlining her priorities for the role, Gripper said:"We are facing some big challenges right now - the cost of living, the unsustainable pressures on the NHS and social care, the housing crisis and climate change. We really need our politicians to get serious about addressing these and that's what I'll be doing.

"I'm also really keen to work with local groups and people in the community who are just getting on and making a difference locally."

Gripper grew up in the constituency and lives in Falmouth. She works in Truro for the University of Exeter.

The news follows a dramatic week in parliament which saw 57 ministers resign before Boris Johnson then announced his resignation as leader of the Conservative party on Thursday, July 7.

The Liberals' most recent victory in Tiverton and Honiton saw the party overturn a Conservative majority of more than 24,000.

Gripper said: "People are sick of this Conservative party which has taken them for granted for too long. Even life-long Conservative voters have had enough. The Liberal Democrats work hard and we speak up for local people. We know we have to earn your vote. People can see that. That's why we've seen these brilliant by-election wins, and that's what we're hearing from people locally too."

"Politicians aren't all the same. The Conservative government in Westminster, and our Conservative MPs in Cornwall, have really let us down. Lots of people are really fed up with the current state of politics - that's why it's time for a change. If you'd like to help make that change happen here in Truro and Falmouth then please get in touch with me at ruthgripper@gmail.com ."