Who's running for Bexleyheath and Crayford's MP at the 2017 general election?
PUBLISHED: 10:06 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 16 May 2017
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With the general election just weeks away, the candidates vying for a seat in Bexleyheath and Crayford have been revealed.
Following a scramble to get candidates after Theresa May’s shock snap-election announcement last month, all of the country’s major parties have entered a candidate to compete for the seat, which was created at the 1997 election.
Labour won the first election in the constituency, then holding the seat in 2001.
But since 2005, Conservative David Evennett has represented the towns for the Conservative party.
The candidates standing in Bexleyheath and Crayford for the general election on June 8 are:
· Stefano Borella (Labour)
A lifelong Bexley resident currently living in Sidcup, Labour candidate Stefano Borella has been a member of Bexley council since 2010 representing North End ward. Cllr Borella is currently sitting as the shadow councillor for transport and the local party’s chief whip. The former St Columba’s schoolboy is a pastry chef and cookery teacher, currently working in Marylebone. Cllr Borella stood for Labour at the last election, coming second to David Evennett.
· David Evennett (Conservative)
A long serving politician Mr Evennett first entered Parliament in the 1980s, serving the constituency of Erith and Crayford from 1983 to its eventual dissolution in 1997. He then ran unsuccessfully for the new constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford that year, and again in 2001, before he returned to Parliament in 2005. The Barnehurst resident has two sons and two grandchildren and is an active member of St Paulinus Church in Crayford as well as a patron of Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath.
· Mike Ferro (Ukip)
Retired Mr Ferro moved to Barnehurst when he was two years old. The 72-year-old former chemist joined Ukip in 2012 after becoming disillusioned with the Conservative party over leaving the EU and unsuccessfully ran for councillor in the town in 2014. He will be focussing his campaign on making sure the government delivers a hard Brexit and not “ending up half in out” following the Brexit negotiations.
· Peter Finch (BNP)
The former civil servant has lived in Bexleyheath for 19 year and previously stood as a BNP candidate, and is campaigning on the on putting “local people first” on housing, jobs and NHS services as well campaigning to “halt further immigration into Britain and to abolish the foreign aid budget”. He is married with a four-year-old daughter, with an interest in radio electronics and local history.
· Ivor Lobo (Green Party)
A Bexleyheath resident, Mr Lobo was once a Labour supporter driven toward the Greens, during his campaign, Mr Lobo says he will be targeting economic inequality, as well as a reduction in the voting age to 16, with a change to a proportional representation voting system. Regarding the Green Party’s support of a second EU referendum, he said: “I accept the result, and that 63 per cent of us voted leave (in Bexley). After our negotiations with the EU, I will fight for a second referendum so we can all make a final, informed decision.”
· Simone Reynolds (Liberal Democrats)
Mrs Reynolds moved to Bexley in 2008, with more than 20 years experience in the mental health/social care field, including the last eight years working as a mental health advocate at Mind in Bexley, the mother-of-two is leading her campaign on mental health and the NHS. Last year the vice chair of the local Lib Dem branch stood unsuccessfully at the St Michael’s ward by-election.
In 2015, 43,685 residents turned out to the polls, with Mr Evennett holding the seat with 47.3 per cent of the vote.
Mr Borella finished second in the election with 26.2 per cent of votes, while Ukip finished third with 21 per cent of ballot papers returned in their favour.
The Liberal Democrats finished four, with the Green Party and English Democrats finishing behind them in that order.
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