Emily Fermor has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate and parliamentary spokesperson for Maidstone and The Weald.
Emily has lived in Maidstone all her life and attended local schools Boughton Monchelsea Primary School and Invicta Grammar School. She takes over from Jasper Gerard, who stood in the 2015 General Election. Jasper has expressed his strong support for Emily’s appointment, having worked closely with her in last year’s general election period.
Emily has always been determined and headstrong. She is the first to attend university in her family and joined the party during the Coalition, moved by Liberal values of equality of opportunity which she felt necessary to campaign to protect. She is passionate about her local area and is privileged to serve the people of Maidstone. Emily is proud of Maidstone’s position as the County Town of Kent and she has campaigned across the constituency on local and national issues
Emily Fermor will already be known to many as the person who won the Coxheath and Hunton seat on Maidstone Borough Council this year, defeating the Tory candidate by one vote. She will bring this unique determination and passion for her local area to her new role.
After reading History at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, Emily held various posts within the party, including as Parliamentary Assistant to Catherine Bearder MEP working on the early stages of the EU Referendum campaign. She is now a Public Affairs consultant.
When she is not knocking on doors, Emily enjoys walking her dog in the beautiful Kent countryside. Emily admires Baroness Kate Parminter and Catherine Bearder MEP for their tireless work campaigning and legislating to protect our precious countryside and wildlife.
In response to being selected Emily said: “I am incredibly proud to have been selected to stand as the candidate in my home town. It would be a huge honour to represent the people of Maidstone.
I am proud of our County Town and believe we need a local person representing us, with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to the local area – something we have not had for a number of years. I have lived in Maidstone all of my life and have a knowledge and understanding of our local town and villages that can’t be taught. I relish the opportunity to prove myself in the coming years.
Nationally the country is in crisis. Both the Conservatives and Labour are focused entirely on in-fighting while the economy worsens, threatening jobs, public services and our efforts to build the houses Britain so badly needs.
The Liberal Democrats are well placed to fight a general election whenever it is held and I am raring to go. Since the referendum we have signed almost 20,000 new members nationally, a large number in Maidstone and The Weald. This means that we now have more members than we’ve ever had in this century. The Liberal Democrats have made 18 gains in local elections since May with several spectacular wins over both Conservative and Labour candidates. We have a new army of committed activists who will be joining me on the doorstep, making the case for a strong local campaigner who will fight for Maidstone and The Weald.
Only the Liberal Democrats are an open, optimistic and united party committed to spreading opportunity for the next generation and focused on re-building the British economy to protect jobs and services.”