Martin Horwood was MP for Cheltenham from 2005 until 2015. He is standing again as the Liberal Democrat candidate for this constituency.
Martin says that a vote for the Liberal Democrats would be a vote to prevent a hard Brexit and protect the local NHS and local schools, ‘this election is a huge opportunity for voters in Cheltenham to change the direction of our country and prevent a disastrous hard Brexit.’ He adds that, ‘people in Cheltenham voted decisively to stay in the EU, but even those who voted Leave certainly didn’t vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May wants to impose on us after Labour helped her to trigger Article 50.’
He is also passionate about supporting the local community. On the NHS, he says ‘we’ve all seen the majority of NHS trusts plunge into the red in the last two years making it impossible to restore the local health services we need here, like a full-time A&E in Cheltenham.’ He adds that, ‘now we have a full-scale financial crisis facing schools, with spending cuts already biting and a new national formula welcomed by our local Conservative MP expected to leave 15 local schools even worse off.’
Martin was born and brought up in Cheltenham and lives in the town today with his wife Shona and their two children. Before becoming an MP he worked for Oxfam and as Director of Fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society, and then for a business based in Cheltenham working with other leading charities. He is currently Director of Engagement and Impact at Development Initiatives.