Popular Ceredigion stalwart Mark Williams is back in the running for Westminster following his recent reselection by the Ceredigion Liberal Democrats.

Mark served as MP for Ceredigion from 2005 until 2017 and was leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

Since losing his seat to Plaid Cymru’s Ben Lake, he resumed his teaching career but has remained active in a wide range of local voluntary organisations and charities.

“I’m delighted to once again be the Liberal Democrat candidate in my home constituency, the place where we live, where my children have grown up and thrived, and in which I passionately believe has so much potential,” Mark Williams told the Tivyside.

“Ceredigion is a wonderful place to live, but all too often it’s overlooked by UK Government in Westminster and also the Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay.

“That is why Ceredigion needs a strong voice to champion it.”

Mark Williams went on to say that his aim is to now to win back the Ceredigion seat and put the county’s interests first.

“Standing up for local communities has always been the defining characteristic of the Liberal Democrats," he said.

"Our commitment to internationalism, protecting our natural environment, standing up for carers and reforming our democracy are things I’m really looking forward to talking to residents about on the doorstep.”

Under the proposed boundary changes, Ceredigion is set to be combined with northern sections of Pembrokeshire, so creating a modern version of the former Ceredigion and Pembroke North.

Indeed, this seat has long been a Plaid Cymru and Liberal battleground, having been held for many years by Liberal MP Geraint Howells.

Commenting on his reselection, Cllr Elizabeth Evans, who is the Liberal Democrat leader on Ceredigion County Council said: “I’m delighted that Mark has been selected as our Westminster candidate and we look forward very much to campaigning with himon issues which matter most to the residents and the businesses of the County.

“Mark is a committed campaigner and hasn’t taken his foot off the peddle once since leaving Westminster and has continued working in his local community and campaigning across the county on many issues.

"With his proven track record of getting things done, I know he can’t wait to get back on the campaign trail.”