Who is standing in the General Election in North Somerset?
PUBLISHED: 15:05 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:15 12 May 2017
The deadline for candidates to register for the General Election passed yesterday (Thursday) and it means five candidates will battle it out for your vote come June 8. Here is who is standing in North Somerset:
Dr Liam Fox (Conservatives)
Dr Fox has been the MP for North Somerset since 1992 and was re-elected with his biggest ever majority in 2015.
The Scot, who lives in Tickenham, was promoted back into the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade last year, after campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union.
His pro-Brexit position was enough to convince UKIP not to stand in the constituency.
He said he was ‘humbled’ to be selected again by the Conservatives and hopes to continue as the area’s MP.
Charley Pattison (Green Party)
Ms Pattison is a barrister practising in Bristol, but lives in Cleeve.
She says if elected she will campaign against an ‘extreme Brexit’, the ‘destruction of our greenbelt’ and to get the voting age lowered to 16.
Locally, she has already joined the campaign to protect the Lord Nelson pub from demolition, in her home village.
She said: “Politics should be about joined up thinking that reduces inequality rather than propping up a system where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, whilst we all breath increasingly more polluted air and where our children cannot afford homes let alone education.”
Donald Davies (Independent)
Mr Davies is the leader of the opposition on North Somerset Council and lives in Pill, where among other things he helped set up a Foodbank.
He said: “Our residents are demanding a viable, locally based, progressive candidate who is fully committed to the campaign and keen to represent the voices of North Somerset. I will have the autonomy to make a full commitment without party political constraints.
“I will work hard to protect North Somerset from a further five years of irreparable damage to our public services - the NHS and social care, housing, education, transport and local government.”
“Anyone who has worked with me in the past will know that I am committed to taking both policy and practical measures to protect us from climate change, with community initiatives being essential in helping to slow the rate of decline of our planet’s rapidly diminishing resources”.
Greg Chambers (Labour)
Mr Chambers ran for Labour at the last General Election, back in 2015 and finished second behind Dr Fox.
He was born in Yeovil and grew up in South Somerset.
He said: “Continuing with austerity cannot be justified. Cuts and pay freezes for the many, huge increases for shareholders, company executives and billionnaires while the national debt has increased under the Tories.
“I am campaigning for proper funding for all our public services, not the two-tier service – one for the rich and the other for the rest of us – that Tories like Liam Fox keep pushing for.”
Richard Foord (Liberal Democrats)
Mr Foord’s candidacy was confirmed on May 9 by the Liberal Democrats.
Former MEP Sir Graham Watson was announced as the party’s snap election candidate last year, but has chosen not to stand.
The party will be looking to improve on a fourth place finish at the 2015 General Election.
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