General Election 2019: Grantham and Stamford candidates announced
A businessman, a miner's daughter and ex-RAF engineer are among the candidates seeking your vote on December 12.
The candidates were confirmed today (Thursday, November 14).
In Grantham and Stamford, which also covers Bourne, the Conservatives have selected 35-year-old Yorkshireman Gareth Davies.
Married just this year, Gareth is a state-school educated and self-made businessman who grew up in Leeds and rural North Yorkshire.
He is an expert in pensions, with an emphasis on ethical investments and having attended Harvard University's JFK School of Government and advised the former government of US President Barack Obama.
Gareth is currently renting a home in Stamford and if it is third time lucky in his bids for parliament, has pledged to buy a place in the constituency.
Already he has begun campaigning on issues such as the A1 and the Tallington by-pass, has met health chiefs over local hospitals, and backs Boris Johnson's 'deal' on Brexit.
He said: "Having a background in business, I firmly believe in building a thriving local economy to help bolster local shops and businesses ensuring our towns and villages prosper."
His Labour opponent Kathryn Salt is a miners daughter from Bolsover, who has received an MBE for her community and charity work.
Once the youngest mayor of Alfreton in Derbyshire, she also spent nine years on Amber Valley Borough Council.
"I have worked tirelessly with Dennis Skinner on many poignant issues in our communities."
"As chair of Midland's Women's TUC, we have worked hard in order to ensure that homeless people are supported and also to eradicate poverty."
"I have also worked alongside the Waspi movement to try and get the 50s ladies their pension."
The teacher has met with hospital campaigners and says restoring hospital services is a priority.
She added: "We need to ensure our high streets are protected and regenerated.
"I am a people's person and always listen to people. I genuinely care about Grantham and Stamford and would live in the area and work with all of the people and would be proud to do so."
Former Stamford Mayor Harrish Bisnauthsing, who is making his third bid for Westminster as the Liberal Democrats candidate.
The former RAF electronics engineer has been a long-standing town councillor and when he stood for the district council in May, he topped the poll in Stamford St Mary's ward, beating former council leader Matthew Lee.
Harrish is involved in many communities activities and helped set up the Stamford Credit Union.
Born in Mauritius, Harrish has lived in Stamford 40 years and last year, the father-of-three adult children celebrated his Golden Wedding to wife Pamela.
He added: "It's time to get on with the business of tackling all the local issues that have simply not been receiving the attention that they deserve.
"We need a new MP who will fight for fair funding for our area so that we can properly deliver the services and infrastructure that will help our constituency and its people prosper."
The Green Party candidate is Anne Gayfer.
Derby-born Anne has worked as a civil servant in London and has since spent more than 20 years in Grantham.
After redundancy she trained in reflexology and also undertook roles for the Green Party, also standing for the party in Grantham in the May 2019 local elections.
Anne says as well as fighting climate change, the main issues, especially locally, include air quality around schools, flooding and where development is sited, and supporting 'green spaces' in communities.
She also backs Green Party policies such as moving towards a four-day week, paying a living wage, and also introducing a 'universal basic income.'
Grantham businesswoman Jessica Swift was the candidate for the Brexit Party, until leader Nigel Farage announced that none of its candidates would stand in seats that elected Conservative MPs in 2017 to help prevent a split in the pro-Brexit vote.
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- All candidates standing in the constituency are invited to submit a 350-word profile outlining why our readers should vote for them, together with a photo. The deadline for this is midday on Thursday, November 28, and all profiles received by this deadline will be published in the Mercury on Friday, December 6.
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