A man who was born in Europe but “is British by choice” is to stand for the Liberal Democrats as candidate for South Holland and the Deepings in the parliamentary elections.
George Smid was born in communist Czechoslovakia, leaving the country in 1981 and gaining British citizenship in 1987.
He said: “This allows me to understand Europe intuitively and to promote Britain shamelessly.”
Married with two children, Mr Smid lives in Wansford, near Peterborough. He said: “My background is non-political.
“This is an advantage as I have collected a number of experiences: communist Czechoslovakia, a stateless refugee, professional career, a night-shift dishwasher, working for a multinational corporation, running my own business – to name but few.”
Mr Smid is a structural and civil engineer with a master degree in business administration.
He is chairman of the local Corby party and an active local campaigner in the Transition movement, community development plan and other local issues.
He told the Free Press: “I am thrilled to have been selected to stand for the Liberal Democrats in South Holland and the Deepings.
“I look forward to meeting more people in the constituency and to promoting the area and its concerns nationally.”
It is hoped he will appear alongside other candidates at the elections hustings being hosted by the Spalding Guardian at the South Holland Centre on April 23.