Launceston businesswomen, Gemma Massey, has been selected as Liberal Democrat candidate for the upcoming Cornwall Council by-election to the division of Launceston Central.
Gemma, aged 31, is member of Launceston's Chamber of Commerce and lives on Race Hill in Launceston with her husband and young daughter. She runs her own business organising networking and training for local businesses. Gemma is committed to the town and helps to run the successful 'Love Launceston' loyalty card scheme.
She was selected by an approval and selection panel of the North Cornwall Liberal Democrats on Monday 30th November.
Speaking of her selection, she said: “I'm thrilled to have been selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Launceston Central. Local Lib Dem councillors like Adam Paynter and Jade Farrington have an excellent track record of standing up for the town. Like them, I wish to fight for Launceston.”
Chairman of the Liberal Democrats Barry Bryne added: “If elected, Gemma will be an excellent Cornwall Councillor for Launceston Central.”
Barry also warned against the dangers of greater Conservative influence in the town:
“The Conservatives have a terrible track record in Launceston. From delaying the expansion of the local Health Centre and closing the police station's front desk and custody centre, to voting to cut the tax credits of local, hard-working families in Launceston, the last thing the town needs is more Conservative influence.”
Cornwall Councillor for Launceston South, Jade Farrington said: “I'm backing Gemma Massey to win for Launceston Central. I've seen how hard working she is and the excellent work she's done in the local business community. She'd be a fantastic new councillor to help Launceston to stand up against the damage the Conservatives are doing here.”
Adam Paynter, Cornwall Councillor of Launceston North added: “I've known Gemma for a long time. She is determined, caring and puts her heart into everything she does. She would make an excellent councillor.”
Former MP, Dan Rogerson said: “Gemma is intelligent, driven and principled. If she is successful, I know she will stand up for Launceston Central and be the liberal voice the town needs.”
The Launceston Central Cornwall Council by-election will take place on January 14th when voters will also have the opportunity to elect three town councillors.