General Election candidates for North Somerset announced
PUBLISHED: 17:13 14 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:20 14 November 2019
The four candidates standing in December's General Election have been confirmed.
Dr Liam Fox will stand again for the Conservative Party, a seat he has held since 1992, when it was called Woodspring.
Long Ashton ward councillor Ashley Cartman will represent the Liberal Democrats, replacing Richard Foord who stood in 2017.
For the Labour Party, Clevedon town councillor Hannah Young was named its parliamentary candidate.
For the Green Party, Philip Neve will stand in North Somerset in replacement of Charley Pattison.
The Brexit Party had declared Christine Neal as its candidate, but its leader Nigel Farage has since confirmed the party will not stand in Conservative constituencies.
Dr Liam Fox - Conservatives:
The former Cabinet minister will have been the constituency's MP for more than 30 years, if he is re-elected in on December 12.
Two years ago he achieved more than 50 per cent of the vote and has a healthy majority of more than 16,000 to defend this time around.
He campaigned to Leave in the 2016 EU referendum and has supported Theresa May and Boris Johnson's Brexit deals when they have appeared before Parliament.
Philip Neve - Green Party:
The 65-year-old grew up in the Midlands but has lived in North Somerset since the 1980s.
He holds degrees in oceanography, underwater science and sustainable architecture. His career has included working as a scientist, cook, business owner, and energy consultant He has two grown children and now works delivering ultra low energy houses, as well as finding time to run a community allotment and to be a parish councillor.
Hannah Young - Labour:
She has lived in Clevedon for 14 years and represents the party on Clevedon Town Council.
Has previously worked for Avon and Somerset Constabulary and North Somerset Community Partnership.
Since 2018 she has run a business which supports not-for-profit organisations.
Ashley Cartman - Liberal Democrats:
He was elected to represent Long Ashton on North Somerset Council in May and has become the executive member for finance.
Has lived in the ward with his family for more than a decade.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called a snap General Election to take place on December 12.
Mr Johnson hopes the vote will give him a fresh mandate for his deal for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) and break the deadlock in Parliament.
Polling stations will be open across the area from 7am-10pm on December 12. To register to vote, click here.
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