Former lorry driver picked to fight South West Norfolk for Liberal Democrats

Josie Ratcliffe, Liberal Democrat candidate for South West Norfolk. Pic: Liberal Democrats.

Josie Ratcliffe, Liberal Democrat candidate for South West Norfolk. Pic: Liberal Democrats. - Credit: Liberal Democrats

A former HGV driver is standing as the Liberal Democrats' parliamentary candidate for South West Norfolk.

Josie Ratcliffe, a borough councillor for East Downham in Downham Market, has been selected to fight for a seat which has been Conservative since the 1960s.

Originally a software engineer in Cambridge, Ms Ratcliffe changed career to become a professional driver.

That included working as a milk roundsperson before progressing to drive tipper trucks and articulated vehicles and working as a long-distance lorry driver.

She has also been a Scout Leader for 25 years.

She said: "This election is our chance to address the big issues facing the UK - stopping Brexit so we can fund our NHS and our schools and tackle the climate emergency."

Other candidates are Emily Blake (Labour), Pallavi Devulapalli (Green) and Elizabeth Truss (Conservatives).