Preston and Wyre Liberal Democrats are the branch of the Liberal Democrats covering the Preston, and Wyre and Preston North constituencies. We hold regular meetings to update on campaigns, and socialise, as well as regular campaigning itself.

Our People


neil.pngCouncillor Neil Darby

A campaigner by profession, Neil was elected to represent Ingol and Tanterton at City Hall in 2014. With a specialist interest in transport policy, and a determination to envy, Neil's skills are a great asset to the Liberal Democrats.

Neil has been named the candidate for the Preston constituency for a snap General Election. He takes the baton from former candidate Jo Barton, who won 1,244 votes for the party. Of his selection, Neil said, "I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to fight for local people. It's an honour to do so and I won't let you down."

Councillor & County Councillor John Potterjohn.png

First elected in 2010 in a by-election, John represents Cadley at City Hall. A formidable campaigner, John has never been afraid to shake things up, and takes great delight in challenging those who have gotten too comfortable in their seats. 

John stood for the Wyre and Preston North constituency in the 2015 General Election, winning 2,712 votes. In the event of a snap General Election, John will re-stand for the constituency, with a self-imposed target of 4,000 votes. As well as serving as City Councillor in Cadley, John was also elected County Councillor in Preston West in 2017.

pauline.pngCouncillor Pauline Brown

Pauline is the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Preston City Council. First elected in 2002, Pauline spent five years representing Lea, and was elected to represent Ingol in 2008.

Since then, she has proven herself an invaluable asset to our team, staying true to her local roots with her no-nonsense attitude to politics, and making a reputation for herself in the local press, and in City Hall, for saying things as she sees them.

Councillor Jason Jeffreyjason.png

Jason was elected in 2015 to represent Ingol at City Hall, after a campaign fought on Labour's inaction on the Council. He has made it clear that he is a very capable councillor, and one who is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers to fight for the people he represents.

Jason has made local media through his challenges of Labour's complacency, and has a natural talent at making points articulate and impactful.


Councillor Claire Craven

Claire is currently Chair of Preston & Wyre Liberal Democrats and was elected to represent Cadley as  City Councillor in 2018. Claire is an HR professional and employment law enthusiast. She has previously campaigned in Glasgow before moving to Preston in 2015 to be closer to her family in Lancashire.