Lib Dems’ election candidate is fourth to stand for town

Liberal Democrat Rabi Martins is standing for election in Hemel Hempstead in the May 2015 General Election
Liberal Democrat Rabi Martins is standing for election in Hemel Hempstead in the May 2015 General Election

The fourth Parliamentary candidate for Hemel Hempstead in May’s General Election has been announced by the local Liberal Democrat party.

The town’s Lib Dems have selected business consultant and human rights campaigner Rabi Martins to challenge incumbent MP Mike Penning i n less than three months’ time.

Mr Martins has served on his party’s national Federal Policy and the International Relations committees.

The retired business management consultatant specialised in supporting start-up and young enterprises, having previously worked for a multi-national company and as a director of an enterprise.

Speaking after his selection on Monday evening,Mr Martins said: “I feel honoured to have been selected as the Liberal Democrats’ candidate for Hemel Hempstead.

“The combination of the town and the surrounding villages give this constituency an unique character whose potential is not being fully utilised for the benefit of all the residents. Given its location and excellent transport links, Hemel Hempstead ought to have been attracting the top national and international companies. But from what I can see it lags behind neighbouring towns.

“I intend to find out why that is and do all I can to help the constituency become a destination of choice of choice for high tech, high value companies. I am also keen to get some clarity about the future of the local hospital services.”

Also standing for election in the town this year are Conservative Mike Penning, Tony Breslin of Labour and UKIP’s Howard Koch.