In 2011, at the age of 19, Mr Phripp, pictured in the centre, became the youngest councillor ever to be elected to Mendip District Council. He is also a Somerset county councillor.
His selection as the Lib Dems’ prospective parliamentary candidate (PCC) was confirmed at a hustings meeting at Saltford Hall last night (Wednesday).
Mr Phripp, from Frome, who went to Writhlington School, said: “I am running because, as someone who is Somerset born and bred, I know that we deserve a better deal than we are getting right now. We deserve an MP who truly listens. That is why my campaigning will be based on listening to local people about their problems.
“Every meeting appearance, every public event and every conversation on a doorstep is an opportunity to show that Liberal Democrats hold values that serve the local area, and also that we are competent, decisive and able to hold public office.”
Mr Phripp is returning to University at Bath Spa University to complete a degree in English Literature.
The Labour Party has already selected its candidate – American-born London councillor Todd Foreman – to take on the seat currently held by Conservative MP Jacob Rees Mogg.
Mr Rees-Mogg has a majority of 4,914 in the seat he fought for the first time in 2010.