Former Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd revealed this week he wants his old job back.
The 59-year-old lost his parliamentary seat to Conservative Caroline Ansell in last year’s General Election by a 733 vote majority.
Mr Lloyd said this week he had thought long and hard about returning to the political race and he had the support of local Liberal Democrats.
“There was a huge outpouring when I lost my seat and lots of people were telling me to stand again,” he said.
“People would come up to me in the street and say how sorry they were that I had lost and that I should consider standing again.
“I wanted to give it a year to see if people still felt the same way. They do and, if anything, it’s stronger than ever. People are very supportive and encouraging.”
Mr Lloyd had been the town’s MP for five years – after taking the seat from Conservative arch-rival Nigel Waterson – when he was ousted by voters at the 2015 General Election in May.
As Conservative Mrs Ansell settled in to life at Westminister and a parliamentary office in Eastbourne, Mr Lloyd landed a job as a business development manager for Eastbourne firm West End but maintained links with fellow Lib Dems on Eastbourne Borough Council.
He said he appreciates the next General Election may be four years away but believes there could well be a snap election called by new PM Theresa May because of the political instability following the Brexit vote in the recent EU referendum.
“The country needs as many experienced, moderate, centrist people in Westminister as possible because of the political system imploding right now,” said Mr Lloyd.
“Plus I am equally passionate about Eastbourne, which needs somebody who puts Eastbourne first and ensure we get through the next few months while the political system is imploding.”
Eastbourne Borough Council’s Liberal Democrat leader David Tutt backed his friend and said, “We all know Stephen was an absolutely brilliant MP and I am certain I speak for thousands of others when I say Eastbourne wants him back.”
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