Parties name their candidates for North East Cambridgeshire Constituency seat - but still time for others to join the fray
All the main parties have announced their candidates for the North East Cambridgeshire constituency in next month’s General Election.
The closing date for candidates to put their names in the ring is 4pm on Thursday, November 14.
However, we already know voters will have the choice of at least five candidates when they go to the polling stations on Thursday, December 12.
Brexit Secretary and current MP Steve Barclay will be re-standing for the Conservatives and will be hoping to stave off a head-on challenge by Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
The 47-year-old father of two has been the area’s MP since May 2010 and has seen his share of the vote increase dramatically. He polled 26,862 in 2010, with the Lib Dems coming in second with 10,437.
In May 2015 he took 28,524 votes and UKIP were second with 11,650. The election of 2017 saw him take 34,340 votes, with Labour taking second place with 13,070.
This time around he is not facing UKIP but it will be Paul Bullen, of the Brexit Party, who will be challenging him as the biggest ‘leave’ rival.
Paul is married to Lynne, with three grown-up children and 10 grandchildren. He is a former RAF man and lives in Little Stukeley.
His past political career saw him as the UKIP leader on Cambridgeshire County Council. He also challenged in the first Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in 2012.
This is his second attempt at becoming an MP, having stood in Huntingdon for UKIP in 2017.
Leading the ‘remain’ challenge is Rupert Moss-Eccardt for the Liberal Democrats. He grew up in the Fens at Welney and now lives and works in Queen Adelaide near Ely.
Rupert is married to Lindsey and is a former Cambridgeshire County Councillor, having served from 2005 to 2010.
He stood for the role of the county’s police and crime commissioner in both elections.
This will be his third attempt at becoming an MP, having stood in South West Norfolk in 2015 and North West Norfolk in 2017.
Also in the ‘remain’ camp are the Greens. Their candidate is March-mum Ruth Johnson, a teaching assistant at All Saints Academy.
Ruth has lived in March for five years and stood in the local elections earlier this year.
The former financial services worker also challenged for the North East Cambridgeshire seat in 2017.
She will be looking to increase her party’s share of the vote, which last time around was 1,024.
Labour’s candidate is Diane Boyd, a barrister specialising in criminal law, who has worked in Peterborough and across Cambridgeshire representing local clients for many years. She has been a member of the Labour Party since 2010 and is a serving town councillor in Thrapston.
She was co-opted on to the council, which is the nearest to her home in Ringstead, in August 2017 and serves as her fellow members do as an independent.
Diane is married to Joe, and is an animal lover with three pet rabbits: Soup, Roast and Korma.
She will be hoping to build on the Labour's second place result in 2015. This is her first foray into national politics.