General Election: candidates line up for Erewash battle

The General Election is on Thursday, June 8.
The General Election is on Thursday, June 8.

With the General Election now heating up as a battle of the manifestos, parties have confirmed their candidates for the Erewash seat.

Maggie Throup, who won the seat for the Conservatives in 2015, will be on the ballot once again on Thursday, June 8.

Conservative candidate Maggie Throup

Conservative candidate Maggie Throup

Speaking to supporters after she was reselected, Maggie said: “The next five years are crucial for our country and I think only Theresa May can provide the strong and stable leadership we need to deliver on the really big issues like Brexit, the economy and HS2.

“The Conservatives go into this election on a high, but we must not be complacent. We must persuade as many people as possible to vote for me locally, in order return Theresa May as our Prime Minister.”

Challenging Maggie for the second time, after she contested the seat in 2015, will be Labour’s Catherine Atkinson.

Catherine is a barrister who lives in Ilkeston with husband Dan, who served as a soldier in Afghanistan, and their two-year-old son Jacob.

Labour candidate Catherine Atkinson

Labour candidate Catherine Atkinson

She said: “I am honoured to be the local Labour candidate once again. I will be out across Erewash, asking people to put their trust in me to be their voice and stand up for them.

“I strongly believe people here need a Labour MP to fight their corner in Parliament. I will never been scared to stand up for the things I believe in and the place I live.”

Lining up for the Liberal Democrats on election day will be Martin Garnett - the sixth time he has contested the seat.

Martin has lived in Erewash for 35 years and works in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham.

Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Garnett

Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Garnett

He said: “The Liberal Democrats recognise that a strong economy is vital, and we must invest in technology if the country is to stay competitive.

“A strong economy also depends on to the terms for Brexit being favourable for Britain, and we are the only party who have promised that the British people should have a final say on the terms.”

Standing for the Green Party is Ralph Hierons, who said: “Erewash is an environmental danger zone, facing the threat of HS2 destroying communities, toxic fracking, the threat of a new motorway junction and high pollution levels.

“But also, child poverty has risen in the region, food banks are a necessity for many families, and cuts to the disabled and to social care mean the quality of life has dropped dramatically. It will take a bold voice to represent Erewash in the trying times ahead.”

Green Party candidate Ralph Hierons

Green Party candidate Ralph Hierons

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