James Flanagan was born and raised in Canterbury and joined the party in 1991 when he heard of the Liberal Democrat goal to lower the voting age to 16. After university, James returned to his roots and began campaigning for the local Liberal Democrats in Canterbury.
James now lives with his family in Whitstable and between 2007 and 2015 he served as a councillor for Westgate ward on Canterbury City Council.
He has led several local campaigns including preserving local heritage by stopping the closure of the Roman & Westgate museums in Canterbury, keeping local landmarks such as Westgate Hall from being transformed into parking spaces, and saving community green spaces like Kingsmead Field from development.
He is also known for speaking out against NHS reforms and the bedroom tax. Additionally, James is committed to liberal principles of protecting the most vulnerable in society, the environment, and respect for international law.
James says he is ‘delighted to be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury at the General Election’.
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