Andrew George: “I will stand if you want me to…”

Former Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives Andrew George at a recent NHS rally in Truro.

Former Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives Andrew George at a recent NHS rally in Truro.

The former Liberal Democrat MP for the St Ives Constituency which includes the Isles of Scilly, Andrew George is considering standing in the upcoming General Election. 

Andrew issued a statement soon after Prime Minister Theresa May announced she was calling a snap General Election on Wednesday for June 8th. 

In the statement Mr George stated:

"I’ve been asked to stand again in the St Ives Constituency to defeat the Conservatives here.

Although I’ve said I’d be prepared to do that I have not finally made up my mind. So I’m keen to hear whether people really want me to stand.

Do people here seriously want to help me fight the politics of greed prejudice and fear? To effectively challenge those who are driving the UK towards a self-harming hard-Brexit. Or do they just want to divide into protest factions and let a loyal biddable Tory in by default?

Whether we like it or not we have an electoral system which gives you a straight choice here – either the Tory or, if I stand, myself, a self-confessed independent-minded Liberal Democrat. No other Party has ever got close."

You can download the full statement here and we'll be getting the current MP for the St Ives Constituency Derek Thomas's views on the up coming election next week. 

Will was joined on the phone by Andrew George to get his reaction to recent events and find out a bit more. Click below to hear the interview.