Liberal Democrat candidate for Newbury, Judith Bunting, pledged to fight against a ‘hard Brexit’ as she launched her election campaign on Friday.
Party members gathered outside Newbury Town Hall to kickstart five weeks of campaigning ahead of election day on June 8.
Addressing the crowd, Mrs Bunting said she would provide the “strongest voice” for the people of West Berkshire during the EU negotiations.
She said: “The majority here said no to Brexit. To those 48,300 people, the Liberal Democrats are fighting your corner, we are listening to your concerns, we are standing up the future of your children.
“You all know the problems Brexit will bring, you know the costs and the risks and you know what a devastating blow it will deal to our children’s futures.
“I see no faster route to dependency on handouts from big business than putting ourselves at the mercy of people like Nigel Farage, Donald Trump and now Theresa May, who wants to turn the UK into an offshore tax haven.”
Mrs Bunting also said she did not want to see Newbury become a “commuter” town, and that it should build on its high-tech credentials.
“I have a vision for Newbury and it does not involve allowing our area to become a commuter belt for Reading and London.
“Commuting is important – I did it for long enough – but I really value the cultural and rural heritage we have here.
“I see potential for Newbury and West Berkshire to build on its platform as a high-tech hub and a centre for innovation in the green economy and renewables.
“We have that heritage – let’s build on that.”