Notts students, who is getting your vote this Thursday?

Information on all the candidates standing in Nottingham’s student areas.


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Below is a list of all the candidates standing in Nottingham on Thursday in the general election. Underneath each candidate are a few key points about their beliefs and/or what they do.

RELATED: A guide to tactical voting this Thursday in Nottingham, for Leavers and Remainers.

If you are registered to vote in Nottingham and are unsure of what constituency you live in, go to this website and enter your university house's/hall's postcode: https://members.parliament.uk/constituencies/

Some politics stuff you might want to know before reading…

Austerity: a policy which began in 2010 to lower government spending (e.g. cuts to public services) in order to help the UK pay off its debts following the financial crisis.

Electoral reform/proportional representation: the current electoral system means the candidate with the most votes gets the seat. Proportional representation means the % a party gets of the votes correlates to the % of seats they get in Parliament. (Some also have an issue with the House of Lords, which is unelected.)

People’s Vote: a campaign for a second referendum on Brexit, with the option to remain.

Labour’s policy on Brexit: negotiate a new deal with the EU, and then hold a referendum on this new deal against remain, all within six months.

Conservative’s policy on Brexit: pass Boris Johnson’s deal and “get Brexit done”.

Liberal Democrat’s policy on Brexit: hold a second referendum with the option to remain. (*At the start of the election campaign, party leader, Jo Swinson, said she would revoke Article 50—in other words, cancel Brexit—if she won an overall majority. This is unlikely to happen. If the Liberal Democrats do not get a majority, their MPs will support a second referendum.)

Green’s policy on Brexit: hold a second referendum with the option to remain.

Brexit Party's policy on Brexit: leave the European Union without a deal.

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Brexit has been the defining issue of this election

Candidates who are standing in a seat that Nottingham students live in, constituencies from A-Z:

Broxtowe

Anna Soubry, The Independent Group for Change

– First elected as MP in 2010 as a Conservative, but left the party earlier this year.

– Pro-EU, founded People’s Vote campaign which seeks a second referendum with the option to remain.

– Liberal Democrats stood aside to give Ms Soubry a clear run at the seat.

Read more about Ms Soubry and her campaign.

Darren Henry, Conservative Party

– Supports Conservative policy on Brexit.

– Previously worked in the RAF, NHS as a manager, and in various private companies.

– Former Brexit Party candidate supports Mr Henry.

Read more about Mr Henry and his campaign.

Greg Marshall, Labour Party

– Anti-austerity.

– Supports borrowing & higher taxation on higher earners to fund socialist policies (e.g. nationalisation).

– Supports Labour’s Brexit policy.

– Ex-local councillor and environmental agency worker.

Read more about Mr Marshall and his campaign.

Kat Boettge, Green Party

– Considers herself to be European, and supports a second referendum.

– Wants proportional representation, to taking action on climate change and to achieving social justice in the wake of austerity.

– Works in the NHS as a psychotherapist.

Teck Khong, Independent

– Joined the ballot paper after Brexit Party stood down.

– Rejects Johnson’s deal and wants the UK to leave without a deal.

David Bishop, Militant Elvis Anti-HS2

– Although a parody candidate, has some actual policies.

– Wants to scrap HS2 in favour of improving existing services.

Amy Beth Dalla Mura, English Democrats

– Ms Dalla Mura was banned from campaigning after being found guilty of harassing fellow candidate Anna Soubry.

Gedling

Vernon Coaker, Labour Party

– MP for Gedling since 1997.

– Anti-austerity and says he wants to “stand up for young people in education and jobs”.

– Supports a second referendum with remain as an option.

– Presumably supports Labour’s Brexit policy.

Tom Randall, Conservative Party

– Wants to pass Boris Johnson’s deal.

– Wants to increase the number of local police officers and provide them with “powers to keep local streets safe”.

– Wants to improve education by guaranteeing minimum funding.

– Read law at Oxford.

Graham Hunt, Brexit Party

– Will campaign to scrap HS2.

– Wants to cut student loan interest.

– Presumably supports Brexit Party’s Brexit policy.

– Previously worked in a local energy utility business in a manager.

Anita Prabhakar, Liberal Democrat

– Cares about women’s issues and representation.

– Wants to minimise “hardships” for arrival immigrants.

– Supports Liberal Democrat’s Brexit policy.

– She is a qualified solicitor, specialising in constitutional and corporate law.

Jim Norris, Green Party

– Wants to be a credible environmentalist candidate for voters as he believes no other party has the policies for dealing with every aspect of climate change.

– Anti-austerity

– Pro-remain.

Nottingham East

Christopher Leslie, The Independent Group for Change

– First elected to seat as a Labour MP in 2010, but left the party earlier this year.

– MP for Shipley, West Yorkshire from 1997-2005.

– Pro-EU and supports a second referendum on Brexit.

– Wants a “well-regulated” mixed economy and centre-left policies.

Nadia Whittome, Labour Party

– Former UoN student and studied law.

– Wants a ‘radical Labour government’ that will shift wealth and power in the country.

– Wants to increase common ownership, tax the rich to fund public services and engage in large public investment.

– Describes Brexit as a “threat to jobs and livelihoods”, and presumably supports Labour Brexit policy.

Read more about Ms Whittome and her camapign.

Victoria Stapleton, Conservative Party

– Supports Boris Johnson’s deal.

– Welcomes the Conservative policies of more policemen and NHS investment.

– Previously owned her own small business.

Robert Swift, Liberal Democrats

– Says the country doesn’t need “Johnson’s Brexit or Corbyn’s socialist ideal”.

– Wants to stop Brexit.

– Wants more good jobs, safer streets and secure, affordable homes.

– Calls for immediate climate action.

Damian Smith, Brexit Party

– Wants to “reject the multinationals and focus on local communities and local business”.

– Wants to lower homelessness and “cut the cost of living, slash business rates, end Universal Credit, end Tory Austerity, improve working tax credits and promote welfare for those who need it most.”

– Presumably supports Brexit Party’s Brexit policy.

Michelle Vacciana, Green Party

– Wants schools to have the resources to adopt green values in how their buildings function.

– Wants more communal spaces such as youth centres.

– Wants greater social equality.

– Presumably supports Green Party Brexit policy.

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Stephen Barclay (Secretary of State for Brexit) and Darren Henry (Conservative candidate for Broxtowe) with students in Toton. (Image: Simeon Lee)

Nottingham North

Alex Norris, Labour Party

– First elected to seat in 2017.

– Supports Labour’s position on Brexit.

– Concerned about school cuts.

Stuart Bestwick, Conservative Party

– Campaigned for Brexit and supports Boris Johnson’s deal.

– Wants to increase funding to local schools and boost police numbers.

– Seeks to increase the number of GPs.

Julian Carter, Brexit Party

– “Saddened” by the loss of manufacturing jobs.

– Says he is passionate about diverse communities.

– Previously worked in the UK New Nuclear Build programme and in Rolls-Royce.

– Presumably supports Brexit Party’s Brexit policy.

Christina Morgan-Danvers, Liberal Democrats

– Campaigned for a People’s Vote, wanting a second referendum.

– Believes that “no one voted to be poorer”.

– Works for a non-profit energy company.

Andrew Jones, Green Party

– Says this is one of the few remaining elections where it will be possible to put climate change on the agenda.

– Led a campaign which stopped the building of a dual-carriageway ring road around parts of greater Nottingham.

Nottingham South

Lilian Greenwood, Labour Party

– First elected to the seat in 2010.

– Says austerity cuts has hurt Nottingham and, specifically, schools.

– Wants free prescriptions and personal care; a national education service; and climate action.

– Supports a final say on Brexit, with the option to remain.

Read more about Ms Greenwood and her campaign.

Marc Nykolyszyn, Conservative Party

– Says he does not want to waste time in 2020 on more referendums.

– Supports Johnson’s deal.

– Wants to see Nottingham get its share of new police officers and NHS funding, which the Conservative manifesto pledges.

Barry Holliday, Liberal Democrats

– Pro-EU, supports the Liberal Democrat’s Brexit policy.

– Says equality and voting/electoral reforms are among his top priorities.

John Lawson, Brexit Party

– Says he is an old Labour supporter and believes they have turned their backs on voters like him.

– Wants to leave the European Union, presumably supporting the Brexit Party’s Brexit policy, and “change politics for good”.

Cath Sutherland, Green Party

– Says “we urgently need to change the way we produce electricity, heat our homes, travel, and many other things, to do them in a way that looks after our wildlife and protects our climate.”

– Has lived in Nottingham for 30 years.

Rushcliffe

Ruth Edwards, Conservative Party

– Worked in cyber security.

– Wants to use her experience in cyber security to help transform public services through the use of new technologies.

– Wants to create new, high-skilled jobs for young people.

– Wants a “green economy”.

– Supports Johnson’s deal.

Cheryl Pidgeon, Labour Party

– Highlights Labour’s “fully-costed” manifesto which details how Labour would make the UK go carbon neutral by 2030.

– Anti-austerity.

– Wants to increase funding for public services and hospitals.

Jason Billin, Liberal Democrats

– Policy interests include:

– Campaigning for better care for the elderly and their independent living.

– Eliminating oil-based plastics from food packaging.

– Advocating for the adoption of modular eco-build housing schemes.

– Better public transport access from rural areas to NHS care.

– Universal basic income.

– Presumably supports the Liberal Democrat’s Brexit policy.

Matthew Faithfull, UK Independence Party (UKIP)

– UKIP is the party Nigel Farage used to lead.

– Pro-Brexit.

– Supports lower taxes.

– Wants a points-based immigration system.

– Says British culture should be “protected and not destroyed”.

John Kirby, Independent

– Says Rushcliffe “deserves” to be represented by someone who puts them first.

– Says Brexit is something that must be fulfilled, although voting to remain himself.

Students will be able to vote for one of the candidates standing in their Nottingham constituency on December 12th if they are registered to vote at their university address.