Bedford and Kempston Liberal Democrats have decided on their parliamentary prospective candidate to contest the seat at next year’s General Election.
Former councillor and local man Mahmud Rogers has been selected to represent the party in the 2015 vote.
Mr Rogers said: “I am fighting the seat to win it. I want freedom from poverty, ignorance and conformity. I want to save Bedford Hospital by raising awareness and putting pressure on the NHS to listen to the concerns of local people.
“It is a privilege to be selected to stand for the Liberal Democrats in Bedford and Kempston. I grew up in Bedford and want the best for our thriving, diverse, growing towns. We will ensure that we can expand the education funding for the most disadvantaged and lift low earners out of paying tax altogether – something we started in this parliament by raising the tax threshold to £10,000.
“If elected I also want to do more in terms of national policy and the need to develop infrastructure in terms of roads and railways.
“I want to work with local champions, like Mayor Dave Hodgson, to support his vision to improve our town and borough whilst protecting front-line services.”
Mr Rogers attended Walmsley House school and Bedford School. He then graduated with a BSc in economic history at the London School of Economics before doing a Masters in Public Policy and Human Development at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance in the Netherlands.
Mr Rogers has worked in Bedford as an accountant, and served as a councillor for Goldington ward on Bedford Borough Council between 2006 to 2009.