The man who led the successful legal challenge against the proposed closure of Wimbledon police station has been selected by the Lib Dems as their candidate to be the next MP for Wimbledon.

Trinity Ward Councillor Paul Kohler, hit the headlines last year when he took the Mayor of London to court over the decision to close the station.

Cllr Kohler’s case was successful and the closure was halted, pending reconsideration by the mayor.

“It is a privilege to have been selected to contest the next general election as the Lib Dem candidate for Wimbledon”, he said.

“My wife and I have lived in this constituency, where we raised our four daughters, for almost 30 years. I want to give something back to the community that has been so supportive to us.

“People in Wimbledon deserve better than the current Conservative MP, who has repeatedly broken his election promise to oppose a hard Brexit by failing to vote to rule out a No Deal Brexit. "Meanwhile Labour’s candidate is a Jeremy Corbyn cheerleader who shares his hostility to the EU.

In 2014, Paul Kohler was badly beaten by burglars in his own home, which left him with severe facial injuries.

This is what led to him becoming a staunch campaigner for keeping a police station in Wimbledon

Cllr Kohler is confident that he can attract some attention in the next election.

“If I get the same swing in the next general election as I achieved in winning my council ward last year, the Lib Dems will win Wimbledon”, he said.

“If you share my vision for a fair, free and tolerant Wimbledon then I urge you join my campaign. Together we can win in Wimbledon.”