Who's running for MP in Beckenham at the 2017 general election?
PUBLISHED: 09:55 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 07 June 2017
Beckenham goes to the polls on June 8
With the general election just weeks away, the candidates vying for a seat in Beckenham have been revealed.
Following a scramble to get candidates after Theresa May’s shock snap-election announcement last month, all of the country’s major parties, except Ukip, have featured a candidate to compete for the Tory safe seat.
Since it was created in 1950, the seat has been awash in Conservative blue, with no other political party ever gaining control.
The candidates standing in Beckenham for the general election on June 8 are:
· Marina Ahmad (Labour)
At the last election the mother-of-two gained a five per cent swing for the Labour party, and is optimistic the party can challenge for the Conservative safe seat, as she campaigns heavily on issues surrounding school funding. With a GP husband, Mrs Ahmad says she has seen first hand that staff are under pressure and is campaigning for improved funding under Labour’s “fully costed manifesto”.
· Ruth Fabricant (Green)
A retired infant school teacher and single parent, Ms Fabricant is campaigning to introduce 20mph speed limits around Beckenham to reduce air pollution and accident figures. She added: “I share residents concerns and have campaigned to save our libraries, and halt funding cuts to our schools, adult education, mental health services.”
· Julie Ireland (Liberal Democrats)
The single mother-of-two from West Wickham has been campaigning with the Liberal Democrats since 2015, becoming secretary at the start of 2016. The IT consultant is campaigning on improving funding for healthcare and local schools, as well as the topic of Brexit, for which she supports the Lib Dem manifesto in the hope of a second referendum on leving the EU.
· Bob Stewart (Conservatives)
MP for Beckenham since 2010, Col. Stewart is a former British army officer who served as British commander for United Nations forces in Bosnia from 1992 to 1993. Since his election in 2010, the Tory candidate has sat on the Defence Select Committee, which oversees Ministry of Defence operations, and backed Brexit at last year’s referendum. The Shortlands resident feels the decision to leave the EU should have been left for the government to decide.
In 2015, the Conservatives tightened their long-lasting grip on the town by holding the seat and gaining 6.6 per cent votes to give them 57.3 per cent of the overall election.
A total of 48,803 people turned out to vote, with Labour finishing 37.8 per cent behind the Tories with Marina Ahmad gaining just over 19 per cent of votes.
Ukip followed Labour, with the Liberal Democrats and Green Party finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Stay on our website to find out more about the candidates and for full election build-up.