A FRESH face will be taking the reigns in the Isle of Wight Liberal Democrats' fight for parliament on June 8.
Nicholas Belfitt, 24, of Shanklin, was selected as the parliamentary candidate at a local party meeting today Saturday.
Mr Belfitt is the youngest parliamentary candidate on the Island but was Isle of Wight Lib Dem vice chair for two years, before being elected as party chair last autumn.
He said: "I am deeply honoured on being selected for a chance to represent my home, but now the real work begins.
"This is now the time for the Island to be offered a true voice in Parliament, one that will finally fight tooth and nail for our Island.
"I am going to take Island issues straight to the heart of government. People are tired of the established groups, they need know this isn't a re-run of 2015, but a time for real change.
"As a Liberal Democrat I will fight to end the era of complacency by the office of the MP and bring a true voice in Westminster."
Mr Belfitt, a trainee teacher at Medina College, is taking over from former Isle of Wight Lib Dem parliamentary candidate David Goodall.
Mr Goodall said: "I have known Nick for three years, he is passionate about the Island and his community.
"He is a great campaigner and, as an Islander living in Shanklin, will work tirelessly for the Island if elected on June 8."