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Tom Holder - The Castle Point Lib Dem parliamentary candidate

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The Liberal Democrats have chosen a rising political star to contest the general election in Castle Point.

Tom Holder, 31, will be bidding to unseat Conservative MP Rebecca Harris when the country goes to the polls on June 8.

Oxford University graduate Holder, who studied economics and politics, is a close associate of former Lib Dems Deputy Leader Simon Hughes and campaigned hard for Remain during last year's referendum on the EU.

He said yesterday: "I am excited by the opportunity to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Castle Point. The Liberal Democrats have shown they are now the only opposition to Theresa May's hard Brexit, and I truly believe that we must give the British people - not the politicians - the final say on any EU deal."

With a keen interest in education, the Lib Dems man will have plenty to say on the current state of our schools, while NHS funding is also high on his agenda.

Holder added: "The Conservatives have forced councils to cut services to the bone. Our NHS remains on the edge of crisis. Schools are being forced to remove staff. It's time for a change. The Liberal Democrats offer a vision of a fairer, more tolerant society that we can all be proud to live in."

Following graduation, he worked as a secondary school maths and economics teacher in an inner London state school before leaving to work in science communications.

Holder can be found on Twitter @tomholder .

The Lib Dems website is www.castlepointlibdems.org.uk