General Election to be held on Thursday 4 July 2024

Following the Prime Minister's announcement that the General Election will take place on 4 July, our Parliamentary Candidate, David Watts, issued the following statement:

"Honesty, integrity and compassion.

"These have been missing from our politics for too long. Now at long last we can try and change that.

"Newark residents have a chance to reject unequivocally the politics of hate and instead to embrace the politics of hope.

"Whether it is saving the NHS, protecting the environment, stopping sewage dumping or tackling the cost of living crises, we have the answers.

"The Conservative Party that once existed is now gone. In its place we have an extreme right-wing party seeking to fight culture wars. Most Newark residents are appalled by this. My message to them is that when your party changes it's time to change your party.

"In this election a vote for the LibDems will ensure that we can have a real local champion here."

David Watts

Parliamentary Candidate for Newark Constituency

22 May 2024

David Watts

David Watts

Our parliamentary candidate is David Watts, a local solicitor and environmentalist. David was first elected as a local councillor in 1999 and apart from a break between 2015 and 2019 he has been a councillor ever since. He has been a member of the Liberal Democrats since the party was founded back in the 1980’s and has contested the Newark parliamentary seat for us previously and in May 2024 also stood as Liberal Democrat candidate for the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner position.

David trained at the Universities of Huddersfield, Leicester and Leeds as well as the College of Law in London. He has worked for firms in and around Nottinghamshire since 1997 and has been with his current employers since 2016.

David is the editor of Challenge, the journal of the Green Liberal Democrats. The Green Liberal Democrats are the environmental arm of the Liberal Democrats, and Challenge is their flagship publication. David is driven by his desire to create a cleaner and greener world. He was an early adopter of electric cars and strives each year to have a net zero carbon footprint.

David has his own website at and you can also follow him throughout the election campaign on his YouTube channel.

Promoted by Klaus Becher on behalf of David Watts, both at 3 Wesley House, Guildhall Street, Newark NG24 1UP.

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