Lib Dem candidate for Rugby announced

Ed Goncalves
Ed Goncalves

Ed Goncalves has been named as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Rugby at the forthcoming general election.

The environmentalist and charity director will fight for the party at the May 7 poll – and is confident of success.

He said: “When the Liberal Democrats pick up the seat of Rugby from the Conservatives in May, there will be new hope for the area’s future.”

Ed Goncalves is a director of The Climate Group, an international environmental organisation. He is also director at ‘Kidney Kids’, a charity which helps children affected by kidney disease. Mr Goncalves donated a kidney to one of his twin sons in 2013.

Mr Goncalves, who was campaigning for the party in Hampshire last year, spent many years working for conservation group WWF. Previously, he was a freelance investigative journalist.

Mr Goncalves added: “Rugby urgently needs a local champion who will help promote the town as a national and international business hub, someone who will ensure that the town’s growth is matched by new local services, in particular schools, health clinics and local transport links, someone who will ensure that the area’s potential is translated into opportunity and prosperity for everyone, not just a few.”

Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, who stood for the Lib Dems in Rugby in the 1992, 1997 and 2010 general elections, said: “Ed has a terrific CV and track record of campaigning on the national agenda.”

The party came third in Rugby in the 2010 election.