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.
Labour has now revealed that their candidate for Corby will be Beth Miller.
In Kettering, Mick Scrimshaw will be going up against Mr Hollobone as Labour’s candidate.
The local councillor said: “If elected I have no intention of bouncing around on the back benches as if I’m in some kind of school debating society.
“My job would be first and foremost to provide help and support for local people and to that end I would open a constituency office in Kettering with staff to work tirelessly for local people.
“No longer would constituents simply get passed on to other agencies or just get copies of letters from ministers in answer to their queries and questions.
“I believe a good constituency MP should be working in and about their local communities, and as such I would actively work with local charities and organisations to give them an advocate and a voice standing up for them at every opportunity.”
Labour’s candidate for Wellingborough will be Andrea Watts.
UKIP won’t be standing in Kettering after a pact was made with Mr Hollobone.
The party has now confirmed Corby-born Sam Watts will be standing in his hometown.
Mr Watts said: “I owe the people of Corby a great debt.
“In 1996 my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and a subsequent Evening Telegraph appeal raised funds to support my family during her final days.
“The people of Corby and East Northants deserve an MP with strong local links and experience with local issues.
“I can think of no better way to thank those that helped me and my family than serving as their next MP.
“Labour is not what it once was and the Conservatives are using Brexit as a Trojan horse to implement tax rises and further cuts to key services.
“I ask that the people of Corby and East Northamptonshire look past political allegiances and vote on June 8 for an MP that is at heart one of their own.”
In Wellingborough, Allan Shipham will stand for UKIP.
He said: ““As the UKIP Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, I am not bound by a party whip, so I am free to represent people who elected me.
“We have poor infrastructure planning, projected over-development and sparse resources.
“I will ensure that the voice of Wellingborough residents is heard and acted apon.
“The Conservatives have left a trail of broken promises.
“UKIP came second in 2015, if you want a real Brexiteer to represent you in Wellingborough, vote UKIP on June 8.”
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.”
Jonathan Hornett will stand for the Green Party in Wellingborough and Steve Scrutton will stand for them in Corby.