Lib Dems pick Havant candidate

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Havant Lib Dems have chosen their candidate to fight Tory MP David Willetts in the General Election.

Alex Payton, a former Berkshire councillor and mayor, beat ex-Portsmouth councillor Alex Bentley to the job.

The 35-year-old told party members it was time to change the face of Havant politics, which are currently dominated by the Conservatives.

'People's trust in MPs has been betrayed by scandals and poor performance,' he said.

'Our first job is to restore to politics decency, honesty and fairness.'

Cllr Ann Buckley, Lib Dem county councillor for Leigh Park and Bedhampton, said: 'Alex Payton's experience as a councillor, mayor, campaigner and his commitment to live in the constituency, if elected, makes him an ideal challenger to the Tories.'

Mr Payton currently lives in Greenham near Newbury. He is a practising barrister and often works in Portsmouth County Court.

As a former councillor he campaigned against Post Office closures, health service cuts and council tax increases.

He has worked with the Royal Berkshire Hospital and Reading University.

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