Local Liberal Democrats have expressed their delight at the announcement that Councillor Qurban Hussain is to be given a seat on the Liberal Democrat benches in the House of Lords.

Speaking just after the announcement Qurban said;

“It is obviously a great honour to be chosen to represent my home town in the House of Lords.”

“Luton has been good to me. It has been a good home for my family, has given me employment and provided my children with first class education. As a local Councillor I have always tried to put something back into Luton and have been able to assist a great many local people with all kinds of issues.”

“I now see this appointment as an opportunity to represent Luton in a major national forum. An opportunity to promote Luton’s cause and to work for resources to advance Luton’s regeneration and to enhance education, employment, training and life chances for young people in our town.”

“We are really thrilled at the announcement,” says Council Group Leader David Franks.

“Qurban has worked hard, for his constituents in Biscot and for Luton as a whole. He has shown his commitment to the town and will make a contribution to the work of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. He will be Luton’s voice in the upper house when it is needed.”

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The Liberal Democrats have announced today that they have chosen their candidate for the by-election in the South ward for Luton Borough Council.

Qurban Hussain with South candidate Richard Hayward

They have chosen local campaigner Richard Hayward.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Luton South in the General Election, Qurban Hussain, welcomed the choice. He said;

“I am delighted that Richard has been chosen to represent the Liberal Democrats in this council by-election. Having been a councillor in Luton for many years I know who important it is to get young people like Richard elected to represent the people of the town and to challenge the useless Labour administration at the Town Hall.”

Richard lives in the ward in Somersby Close and until very recently worked at the University of Bedfordshire.

Richard says;

“I am very honoured to be chosen by the Liberal Democrats as their candidate in this by-election. I look forward to joining Qurban Hussain on the campaign trail and meeting many of the residents of South ward.”

The council by-election will take place on Thursday 6th May, the same day as the general election.