Matthew contested the seat in the 2015 General Election, and impressed residents as the most fluent and well-informed of the candidates at hustings meetings held in the town that year.
The Eastney and Craneswater councillor won his seat in 2012, greatly increasing the Lib Dem majority.
He has strong family connections with Fareham, where his wife Patricia grew up, and he has worked with the local party in recent campaigns.
Fareham Lib Dems are delighted to be able once more to put forward a young and energetic candidate who has proved himself in the tough arena of city politics.
2016-17 has been the best year ever for Liberal Democrats in local by-elections - 33 gains since the last local elections in May 2016.
Absolutely brilliant and well done to everyone who made this happen.
Help Fareham Lib Dems to boost the total of Lib Dem councillors even further in the County Council elections on Thursday May 4.
Results in May's elections for Hampshire County Council showed that the Liberal Democrats are the clear challengers to the Conservatives in Fareham.
Long-established Councillor Roger Price retained his seat in Fareham Portchester with an increased vote, and our candidates came aclear second in every other seat in Fareham with big increases in our vote compared with the last time these seats were fought in 2013.
In Fareham Crofton, Jim Forrest trebled his vote, substantially out-polling many of the councillors actually elected.
See the results here:
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