Former lorry driver picked to fight South West Norfolk for Liberal Democrats
PUBLISHED: 10:15 11 November 2019 | UPDATED: 16:08 11 November 2019
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.
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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).