General Election 2015: Battle for your votes intensifies

Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone have worked together on a campaign to protect services at Kettering General Hospital
Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone have worked together on a campaign to protect services at Kettering General Hospital

The closing date for people to stand as a Parliamentary candidate has passsed and all the names have been announced. Now the campaigning can begin in earnest.

All three MPs from the last Parliament, Andy Sawford, Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone, are standing for re-election and some of the other names put forward will be well-known to voters too.

UKIP’s candidate for Corby is MEP Margot Parker, who stood in the 2012 Corby by-election, while the Conservative candidate for Corby, Tom Pursglove, is a councillor in Wellingborough.

He said: “The campaign is going well with thousands of doors knocked on already. Issues like creating more jobs, boosting infrastructure and tackling anti-social behaviour have been at the top of the agenda.”

Mrs Parker said: “We are working closely with our local council candidates on an integrated campaign and there has been a lot of interest in UKIP.

“People are concerned about issues such as the bedroom tax and the NHS, as well as jobs, particularly for young people.”

Cllr Jonathan Bullock, who sits on Kettering Council, is standing as UKIP’s Parliamentary candidate in the constituency. UKIP MEP Roger Helmer visited Geddington to help him launch his campaign.Mr Helmer said: “He is highly thought-of locally, probably because of his 100 per cent turnout rate at full council meetings.”

Corby and East Northants

The names put forward to contest the General Election in Corby on Thursday, May 7, are: former MP Andy Sawford for Labour, Tom Pursglove for the Conservatives, Margot Parker for UKIP, Jonathan Hornett for the Green Party, and Peter Harris for the Liberal Democrats.

The polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.

Kettering

The names put forward to contest the General Election in Kettering on Thursday, May 7, are: former MP Philip Hollobone for the Conservatives, Rhea Keehn for Labour, Jonathan Bullock for UKIP, Chris McGlynn for the Liberal Democrats, Rob Reeves for the Green Party and Derek Hilling for the English Democrats.

The polling stations open from 7am to 10pm.

Wellingborough and Rushden

The names put forward to contest the General Election in Wellingborough on Thursday, May 7, are: former MP Peter Bone for the Conservatives, Richard Garvie for Labour, Jonathan Munday for UKIP, Chris Nelson for the Liberal Democrats and Marion Turner-Hawes for the Green Party.

The polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm.