Local campaigner Julie Pörksen will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Berwick constituency at the next general election, the party has announced.
The agricultural economist, who grew up in Belsay, has been chosen as the party’s successor to Sir Alan Beith, who is standing down after 40 years as Berwick’s MP.
She stood as a candidate in the Northumberland Councty Council elections in May, reducing the majority of the previously safe Tory ward of Amble West with Warkworth to one vote.
Ms Pörksen proposed the housing benefit motion which became party policy at last month’s Lib Dem conference, and her career has spanned the agricultural, transport, and health sectors.
Speaking after the selection, she said: “It is a great honour to be selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the constituency I grew up in.
“Sir Alan Beith has been an outstanding MP for the past 40 years and it would be an even greater honour to succeed him.
“Growing up here, where my father is a local farmer, and my mother was a schoolteacher, I know the issues which face local people.
“As the Liberal Democrat candidate, I will fight hard to build a stronger economy in Northumberland by campaigning to bring new jobs to our area and by continuing Sir Alan’s campaign, backed by the Liberal Democrats in government, to get the A1 dualled.
“I will also work hard to bring a fairer society to Northumberland by tackling issues such as affordable housing and the massive inequalities we see here in the Berwick constituency.”
Current MP Sir Alan Beith added: “I am delighted that local campaigner Julie Pörksen has been chosen by Liberal Democrat members in the constituency to take over from me as candidate in 2015.
“She has the qualities and commitment to be a real fighter for the people of Northumberland.”