DOMINIC Skinner is taking on another challenge after being selected as Stratford Liberal Democrats’ new parliamentary candidate.
The 34-year-old – who replaces Liz Adams who stood down after the 2017 General Election – is currently spearheading the Save Stratford ArtsHouse campaign, and was also one of the leads in saving the community Ken Kennett Centre from closure.
He has lived in the area most of his life. Born in Studley, he went to school in Alcester, and now lives in Stratford town with his wife Lily, a mental health specialist, and their two young children.
Dominic is director award-winning Stratford architecture practice Spatial Future which he founded in 2014. His work has featured on the BBC show DIY SOS, when he helped transform the Bidford family home of a young woman who suffers from two chronic and debilitating conditions.
He also lectures at university and is a specialist in sustainable architecture and environmental design.
Dominic is also a member of South Warwickshire NHS Trust, helping to shape NHS policy and patient experience in the district, and is treasurer of the Clopton Community Action Group
For leisure Dominic enjoys the theatre and rugby.
He is an associate artist and actor at the Bear Pit Theatre, and was part of the Bear Pit group which performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation in 2016.
As an active rugby player, he is a former captain and vice-captain at Stratford and Shottery rugby clubs respectively.
Speaking after his selection, Domnic said: “The Conservatives have taken this constituency for granted for too long. The people of Stratford on Avon deserve a real constituency MP. One who has a deep history in this area, one who clearly understands the needs of the people, and puts the residents first and at the forefront of all decision making.
“Stratford upon Avon is my home, I’m raising my young family here. I understand the issues that people all over the constituency face every day.”
Dominic is keen to work with the youth of Stratford.
He added: “With my work on the Save Stratford Arts House, it has been fantastic to see the passion and energy young people have brought to the campaign.
“The young people of the area have so much to offer, and I feel that their concerns and needs are largely neglected. I want to listen to them, take their ideas on board, and let their voice be heard loud and clear.
“In an age of austerity, where a Conservative Government is cutting more and more funding to vital services, it’s the low income families that are bearing the brunt. I’ve experienced myself first-hand what it’s like to struggle as a family.
“The Liberal Democrats are the only party who have a clear, costed, and balanced approach to supporting families. We strive to create a society that is not for the many, or the few; but for all.”