General Election 2019: South Holland and the Deepings candidates officially announced
The candidates in the South Holland and the Deepings constituency have been announced this afternoon (Thursday, November 14).
In South Holland and the Deepings the standing down of Brexit Party candidates saw David Dickason publicly throw his weight behind Conservative Sir John Hayes.
Sir John has been the constituency’s MP since 1997, having being re-elected four times.
He has held a variety of roles in government, with responsibilities covering education, energy and transport in the Cameron government.
John and his wife Susan live in the constituency and they have two young children.
He was knighted by Theresa May last November.
Labour’s candidate is 25-year-old Conveyancer Mark Popple, who says he has lived in the constituency nearly all his life.
Mark says he has been out and about and while Brexit is a concern, other issues are proving paramount.
“People are angry at the shoddy state of our transport infrastructure. Our roads are not fit for purpose and our rail services are infrequent, expensive and uncomfortable.
“People are frustrated at the tax on the sick that is rising hospital car park charges and spiralling prescription drug costs.”
He pledges to campaign on rural infrastructure, scrapping hospital car park charges, introducing a National Care Service and reversing the ‘scourge’ of bank closures.
The Lib-Dem candidate is lawyer and mother Davina Kirby (known as Dee), who runs a legal practice in Buckinghamshire.
Green Party candidate Martin Blake is a former Cambridge City councillor and is active in community groups and has previously stood as a candidate in the local elections in Spalding.
The father of two sons grew up in Southampton, but now lives in Spalding with Heather.
Martin is a writer and a supporter of Greenpeace and believes this election is “for the soul of this country.”
“Nevertheless, our national concerns pale into insignificance compared to the global threat of climate change.”
Rick Stringer has also been announced as an Independent candidate.
- 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.