South Suffolk - General Election 2019
From left to right: Liz Hughes - Labour, Robert Lindsay - Greens, David Beavan - Lib Deb, James Cartlidge - Conservative, Graham Dupree - Brexit.
South Suffolk Prospective Parliamentary Candidates
We introduce the five Prospective Parliamentary Candidates already chosen by their parties to stand for the South Suffolk seat, currently held by Conservative James Cartlidge, who voted Remain in 2016, then backed Johnson's failed promise of a No Deal Brexit, and more latterly for the Withdrawal Agreement.
East Suffolk councillor David Beavan will stand for the Lib Dems that have made it clear want to revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU. Babergh district councillor Robert Lindsay stands for the Greens, so no pact with any other party there. Labour have put up former London councillor Elizabeth Hughes, who edged the party vote ahead of Sudbury Town Councillor Luke Cresswell. The Brexit Party pulled Suffolk businessman Graham Dupree out of the race as part of its national policy.
Hustings in Harkstead
Voters are being given the opportunity to question the candidates to become South Suffolk's next member of parliament.
All five of the prospective parliamentary candidates have been invited to take part in a hustings event at Harkstead village hall, on Friday, November 29, starting at 7.30pm.
The hustings has been put together by veteran organiser Kester Clarke who has been behind many similar events for many years.
As always, people are invited to meet before and after at the Bakers Arms to share their views on the candidates, policies and parties.
Contact Kester Clarke ( 01473 780564 ) for details.
Brexit Candidate Steps Down
South Suffolk choiceGraham Dupree is one of the 317 Brexit party candidates standing down to give the Conservatives a better chance of winning their seats.
Nigel Farage today announced his Brexit party would no oppose those conservatives that won sets in the 2017 election, but would focus onLabour seats.
Farage had tried to for a pact with the Tories, but they would not reciprocate, so instead he has pulled his candidates.
Mr Dupree described the decision as 'pragmatic' and confirmed he would n longer speak at the hustings organised for November 29 at hark stead village hall.
Lib Dems Present New Candidate
David Beavan has been selected as the new Liberal Democrat prospective
parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, following Ross Henley’s decision to step down for personal reasons.
The experienced campaigner grew up in North Hertfordshire where he farmed and became only the second grower in the country to supply organic vegetables to supermarkets. He stood for the SDP in Waveney in 1987 gaining the best third party vote ever. Afterwards he moved to Southwold when his wife suddenly died and he had to look after two young children.
He combined water sports instruction with lecturing and teaching until he became a professional sail training skipper in the 1990’s, restoring a 127 year old racing boat and taking underprivileged young people to sea from Lowestoft.
He won the safe Conservative council seat of Southwold for the Liberal Democrats in July 2018 with 70% of the vote and he was re-elected last May with 80% support, the highest personal vote in East Suffolk.
Last year, he successfully persuaded the Government to look at a loophole which allows second home owners to get away without paying either council tax or rates.
He lives with his partner Pamela. His son Jake works for Citizens Advice as a policy adviser and lives in Dedham with a French wife and two boys. His daughter Emily is a high-flying architect in London. David has helped run Southwold Rugby Club for 20 years and has returned from supporting England at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Brexit Party Candidate Unveiled
Graham Dupree has been announced as a parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party in South Suffolk constituency.
Graham, a local businessman and resident in South Suffolk for 35 years, will contest the constituency in the next general election, standing against incumbent, Conservative MP James Cartlidge.
Mr Dupree, Brexit Party candidate said: “In my business career I learnt very quickly that you live or die by delivering on what you have agreed and promised with your client. In my view, the same principles apply to the Government we elect.
"I therefore recently resigned from the Conservative Party to speak out and give my constituency the democracy they deserve. I have no confidence that the Tories will deliver a clean Brexit on WTO terms, indeed I fear Boris is going to try an amended version of May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
"South Suffolk voted 54% to leave in 2016 and voted 41% for the Brexit Party (Conservatives-10%) in the recent European Elections. I believe that MP’s do not get to choose which votes they respect.”
We shall be discussing our evolving policies at our national rallies, but we have already announced:
- We promise to halve foreign aid spending
- We promise to save £39 billion of taxpayer cash by leaving the EU on WTO terms
- We promise £200 billion spending (from foreign aid, Brexit devoice bill, and HS2) on the regions
- We promise to cut student loan interest
- We promise free Wi-Fi on all public transport (National Wi-Fi Service)
Richard Tice, Brexit Party Chairman said: “The Brexit Party stands ready to fight a general election with a full slate of candidates in all the UK’s 650 constituencies. We will take on the major parties, which have failed the British people time and time again.
The vast majority of our candidates are entering politics for the first time and they come from all walks of life, backgrounds, races and religions. Their greatest strength is that they are not professional politicians, but are competent individuals, connected to their local areas and issues they seek to represent. They have achieved great things in their professional or personal life, from entrepreneurs, small business owners and economists – to teachers, academics, forklift driver and bankers.
But we all share a commitment to deliver Brexit, defend democracy and change politics for good.”
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