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Whilst the Opposition continue to block the path to a general election, CCHQ continues to ramp up preparations for a poll which nearly everyone expects to come sooner rather than later.

This includes candidate selections, and over the past couple of weeks the Party has announced candidates for a slew of constituencies across England and Wales. We have listed these seats below with a brief sketch of the candidate.

Dudley North

Majority: Labour (22)

Marco Longhi (@marcolonghi4dn) is a councillor from the neighbouring borough of Walsall. He served Mayor from 2017-2019 and previously contested Dudley South at the 2005 General Election. He is married to Andrea and runs his own business in property management. In addition to Brexit he intends to focus on knife crime and regenerating brownfield sites.

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Majority: Labour (30)

Aaron Bell (@AaronBell4NUL) previously fought Don Valley at the 2017 General Election. He is married to Emily with three children and co-owns DivideBuy, a growing financial technology business based in Newcastle that employs over 40 people. His priorities include transport links and regenerating the town centre.

Stafford

Majority: Conservative (7,729)

Theo Clarke (@theodoraclarke) previously contested Bristol East at the 2015 and 2017 general elections and is the Chief Executive of the Coalition for Global Prosperity. She has also set up and sold her own small business. She is also Jacob Rees-Mogg’s niece, and according to her website she was first spurred to get involved in politics by the expenses scandal.

Stoke-on-Trent Central

Majority: Labour Co-op (3,897)

Jo Gideon (@jogideon) stood as a Conservative candidate in both the 2015 and 2017 general elections, and serves as Portfolio Holder for Community Safety & Wellbeing on Ashford Council. Prior to this graduated from Birmingham University and has a long and varied career outside politics, having worked in Higher Education, as a small business owner and a social entrepreneur. She was born and raised in the West Midlands.

Derby North

Majority: Labour (2,015)

Amanda Solloway (@ASollowayUK) first won Derby North in 2015 by 41 votes and before losing it the snap general election two years later to Corbynite Chris Williamson. Prior to being returned to Parliament she served as a parish councillor. She has two grown up daughters and in 2017 founded HeadHigh, an organisation which seeks to address the stigma surrounding mental health.

West Dorset

Majority: Conservative (19,091)

Chris Loder (@chrisloder) works in the railway industry and is a former district councillor in West Dorset. He voted Leave in 2016, and beyond Brexit his priorities include agriculture and tourism and getting better connectivity via faster broadband, better mobile coverage, increased investment in road and rail infrastructure, and better rural bus services. His website lists amongst his hobbies travelling, classical music, national politics and rural affairs.

Vale of Clwyd

Majority: Labour (2,379)

Dr James Davies (@JamesDavies) was first returned as MP for this constituency in 2015, only to fall victim to Theresa May’s snap election disaster two years later. He previously served as a local councillor in Prestatyn. Professionally he is a General Practitioner in the NHS, and specialises in dementia. He is married to Nina, a district nurse, with whom he has a son, and has very strong local roots in the seat.

Delyn

Majority: Labour (4,240)

Rob Roberts (@RobDelyn) is described by local press as a financial planner who has lived in the constituency for most of his life. He also previously served as a school governor. Apparently his most “pressing concern” will be Brexit, but campaigning for better education and improved infrastructure for North Wales will also be priorities.

Brentford and Isleworth

Majority: Labour (12,182)

Seena Shah (@seena_shah) is the National Chairman of Conservative Young Women, representing all women aged 30 and under within the Party, and also serves . Outside politics, has built a successful career in marketing and was listed as a Top Woman in Digital by The Drum. She founded her own consultancy in 2015. Seena lists her policy interests as “independent businesses, innovation and how we educate the younger generation.”

Ealing Central and Acton

Majority: Labour (13,807)

Julian Gallant (@gallantjulian) is a professional conductor, pianist and composer who has worked with the BBC and other broadcasters as well as orchestras all over the world. He has been Chairman of the Ealing Central and Acton Conservative Association since February 2015. He is a governor of the Arc Priory Primary Academy, Artistic Director of the Ealing Festival of Music and Film and a trustee of the Acton (Middlesex) Charities.

Harrow West

Majority: Labour (13,314)

Dr Anwara Ali (@dranwaraali_mbe) describes herself on her website as “a married mum, businesswoman, former Councillor, local GP and a well-known community figure in Tower Hamlets.” She cites her experiences with Labour-dominated local government as one of her motivations for getting into politics. She was as awarded an MBE for services to Community Healthcare in 2018.

Tooting

Majority: Labour (15.458)

Kerry Briscoe (@kerrybriscoe84) has a background in finance, and serves is a trustee of a local educational charity. She has lived in London for 13 years, and according to the Wandsworth Conservatives site “hopes to inspire social mobility through education and make the people of Tooting proud to be part of a prosperous country.”

Enfield North

Majority: Labour (10,204)

Joanne Laban (@joanne4enfield) currently serves as Leader of the Opposition and the Conservative Group on Enfield Council, having been first elected in 2010 and becoming Deputy Leader of the Opposition in 2012. She is the first female leader of a political group on the Council. She lists her policy interests as the environment, regeneration, and leisure, and was educated locally.

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