Hemel Hempstead Liberal Democrats have selected business consultant and human rights campaigner Rabi Martins to challenge Mike Penning in the forthcoming General Election.
Rabi is a member of high standing within the National Party who has served on the Party's Federal Policy Committee and the International Relations Committee. He is also a former advisor to the the fomer central Party Chief Executive Lord Chris Fox.
A retired Business Mangement Consultant, he specialised in supporting start-up and young enterprises having previously worked for a multi-national company and been a director of a an SME.
Speaking after his selection Rabi said, "I feel honoured to have been selected as the Liberal Democrats Candidate for Hemel Hempstead Constituency. 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 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 from the West Herts Hospital Trust.”