Liberal Democrats in Jarrow Constituency have chosen Tom Appleby as their candidate for the general election.
The constituency includes parts of eastern Gateshead such as Pelaw and Heworth as well as Hebburn in South Tyneside.
At 25 years old, Tom will be one the youngest Parliamentary candidates in the North East. He currently works as a supervisor for a major retail chain but is also studying for a law degree at Northumbria University.
“I am looking forward to the campaign, even though it will be a big challenge!” said Tom.
“We already have councillors in Pelaw and Heworth in Gateshead and Hebburn in South Tyneside. I will be working with them to ensure the Liberal Democrat message of fairness is heard in the coming election.
“I will also be fighting hard to stop Labour taking the area for granted and to end their decades of complacency.”