Four candidates to contest Rugby seat in general election - The Rugby Observer

Four candidates to contest Rugby seat in general election

Rugby Editorial 18th Nov, 2019   0

FOUR candidates will be battling it out for the Rugby and Bulkington seat at the forthcoming general election.

Voters will be going to the polls on Thursday December 12 as they choose their MP at the third general election in less than five years. It will also be the first time since 1923 the British public will vote in a December general election.

Conservative Mark Pawsey will be aiming to retain the seat he has held since it came into being in 2010, replacing the old Rugby and Kenilworth constituency.

He will defend a majority of 8,212, with his main challenge expected to come from Labour candidate Debbie Bannigan.

Others challenging for the seat will be Liberal Democrat Rana Das-Gupta and Becca Stevenson for the Green Party.

In Kenilworth and Southam, Jeremy Wright will be looking to hold onto the seat for the Tories.

The member of former prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet – and former Rugby and Kenilworth MP – will be defending an 18,000 plus majority against Labour’s Antony Tucker, Liberal Democrat Richard Dickson, the Green Party’s Alison Firth and Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Nicholas Green.

UKIP, which stood candidates in both constituencies in the 2017 election, has decided not to contest seats currently held by the Conservatives.

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