N-E Derbyshire & Bolsover Lib Dems Select Candidates


The Liberal Democrats formally announce their Parliamentary Candidates for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover in the event of a snap general election.

There has been considerable press speculation as to whether there will be an early General Election (something that is still technically possible after the Fixed Term Parliament Act), the Liberal Democrats are proud to announce their candidates for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover.

David Lomax, the former Head of Special Needs at New Mills School, will be representing North East Derbyshire. A constituency presently held by Labour’s Natascha Engel with just over 40% of the vote. North East Derbyshire has traditionally been seen a safe Labour seat. However, Ms Engel’s ever reducing majority is reflective of the growing discontent with Labour throughout the constituency.

Ross Shipman, North East Derbyshire & Bolsover Lib Dem Chair, has been selected to stand against “the Beast of Bolsover” Dennis Skinner. Young and dynamic, Ross is about as far removed from Skinner as it’s possible to get; and with a strong background working in local government (including 4 years managing a Parish Council) he’s a firm believer that it’s a politician’s place to represent their electorate. He said

“For too long Dennis Skinner has pushed his own agenda. While he may be famous for speaking his mind, he doesn’t seek to speak for Bolsover Constituency. Mr Skinner is the embodiment of politicians of yesteryear – out of touch with the 21 st century. When people talk about Bolsover, their first thought is of Dennis Skinner and they imagine a constituency trapped in a time warp – like some tough industrial 1970s pit town. It isn’t like that. Bolsover is a beautiful, green idyllic part of the world. I’m proud of where I live and I want to give Bolsover Constituency the representation it deserves.”

Given that the next scheduled General Election isn’t until 2020 our two Liberal Democrat hopefuls intend to make best use of the time until then. Ross goes on to clarify:

“For too long, in this part of the country, Labour have simply assumed that they have a right to be elected. We Lib Dems believe that politicians should earn the confidence of the electorate. It’s our role now to demonstrate what makes us different and why we can better represent the people of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover constituencies than the Labour party they’re used to. Local people are crying out for change, but they need to have the confidence in us to make that change for the better. Now it’s up to us to show them.”

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