The Liberal Democrats have announced their new parliamentary candidate for the North Cornwall constituency at the next General Election.  

Cornish-born campaigner and solicitor Ben Maguire, 32, replaces Phil Hutty, who stood down last year.

Mr Maguire, who will face the sitting MP, Conservative Scott Mann, when the election is called, said: “Being selected is a huge honour and I’m really excited about the chance to give back to the area that has given me so much.

“I can promise that, if elected, I will be a fearless and relentless voice that fights for everyone.”

Mr Maguire grew up in Withiel, near Wadebridge, and attended school in Bodmin where his mother was a teacher and his father a GP.    

Constituency chair Richard Davies said: “Ben got into political campaigning in Cornwall aged just 18 as he realised the positive impact committed and passionate MPs can have in their local community.”  

After graduating, Mr Maguire worked as a parliamentary aide and constituency caseworker to former MPs Dan Rogerson and Ian Swales. He also took research placements in the Hong Kong Legislative Council and the United States Senate.  

More recently he has worked as a solicitor with international law firms and in the microchip industry.