With the snap General Election less than 50 days away, some parties have started to reveal their candidates.
It will be no great surprise to hear that the three current MPs – Conservatives Tom Pursglove (Corby), Philip Hollobone (Kettering) and Peter Bone (Wellingborough) are all seeking re-election.
Mr Pursglove’s seat will be a key battleground after the young Tory won with a majority of 4.3 per cent in 2015.
In a statement confirming his intention to stand, he said: “As someone who grew up in north Northamptonshire, it has been the greatest honour and privilege of my life to serve as your Member of Parliament for the past two years, and I am honoured to have been re-selected as the Conservative Party’s candidate for the General Election on June 8.
“I very much hope that Corby and East Northamptonshire residents will again put their trust in me and allow me the opportunity to continue to work hard and campaign on the issues that matter most to local people - delivering more new jobs and investment, standing up for the steel industry, campaigning against unwanted overdevelopment, securing new infrastructure improvements, delivery of the Rushden Lakes development and the A45/Chowns Mill upgrades, and pushing for even more enhancements to the Corby Urgent Care Centre, to mention just a few.
“Together we have achieved so much, but there is still much more to do.”
In 2015 he ousted Labour’s Andy Sawford but Mr Sawford has confirmed that he does not intend to stand in June.
In a letter to the chairman of the Corby and East Northants Labour Party, he said: “Being the MP for Corby and East Northants is the best job in the world and it was the honour of my life to do it.
“I would love to do it all over again, to have the chance to help local people and fight for Corby.
“But after spending the last 24 hours thinking of nothing else, I’ve made a decision that I can’t walk away from my family and work commitments.”
Labour have not revealed any candidates for the three seats as of yet, although a decision is expected next week.
UKIP are also yet to reveal any candidates, with councillor Sam Watts saying their selections will be made on Wednesday.
The Liberal Democrats have already announced their candidates for each constituency, with Chris Nelson standing against Peter Bone in Wellingborough and Rushden.
Mr Nelson stood in 2015 and came fourth behind Mr Bone, UKIP and Labour.
In Kettering the Liberal Democrats will be fielding Suzanna Austin, and in Corby Chris Stanbra will be standing.
Mr Stanbra said: “This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Corby and East Northants to change the direction of our country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition.
“People here may have voted to leave the EU, but many did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.
“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the single market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is their chance.
“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”
Ms Austin has been in place as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Kettering since the referendum last year.
She says she hopes to offer an alternative and appealed to Brexit voters and young people.
She said: “I work in the town and I am aware of the needs of the town.
“I believe we should be in Europe, we rely on the single market in Kettering.
“We have been undersold as a constituency, we are better than average.
“There were more than 20,000 people in the borough of Kettering that voted remain and lots of young people who did not vote.
“Now we have gone through the referendum we are now aware of what the vote may mean.
“I would like to think I have a good chance [of overturning Mr Hollobone’s majority].”
The Green Party has selected Rob Reeves to stand for Kettering.
Mr Reeves said: “I was honoured to represent my hometown as the first Green Party candidate at the last General Election and I’m keen to build on what we achieved last time.
“In a turbulent and uncertain political climate, we need a new kind of politics - a politics that is inclusive and not divisive, a politics that works for everyone - only the Green Party will provide this.
“Whether I am elected or not, I will continue to fight against the Tory cuts to public services, education and welfare that have affected the most vulnerable in our society, as well as continuing to be involved with the fight against climate change, highlighting the failure of this Government to act on the current toxic levels of air pollution in the country.”
The party will announce their candidate for Corby and Wellingborough next week.