With the Christmas General Election scheduled to take place on the 12th of December 2019, we bring you a list of all the candidates who have thrown their hats into the ring so far. As of today (8th Nov), none of the Conservative party candidates have yet been confirmed and only a single candidate in Salford & Eccles for the Brexit Party has been formally announced.
In Blackley & Broughton the candidates are looking to be *Graham Eric Stringer who although not formally announced is expected to be standing once more for the Labour Party who held the ward after gaining 28258 votes in 2017.
David Jones will be standing again for the Green Party after he managed to gain 462 votes in 2017. The party is hoping to attract voters who are concerned about climate change and the impacts of the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework in the region.
Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats have selected Iain Donaldson to stand in the area after Charles Garsden took 737 votes in 2017, they will be looking to make as many gains as possible from remain voters in Salford and they stand an excellent chance of doing so.
In Salford & Eccles, the Labour Party will be fielding Rebecca Long-Bailey again after she romped home in the 2017 election with a healthy 31168 votes in the bag, he closest competitor was Tory Jason Sugarman who managed 12036 votes.
The Liberal Democrats will be hoping to soak up some support from remain voters, it is anyones guess as to how their candidate Jake Overend will do as the party did not stand a candidate in the 2017 General Election.
Standing for the Green Party will be a familiar name in Salford Politics as Bryan (Nephew of Hazel) Blears will be campaigning for the party who are hoping to make gains from voters who are not happy with the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework as well as those who are concerned about changes to the wider environment and climate. Wendy Olsen managed to attract 809 votes in the 2017 election but the party did exceptionally well in the local elections so that figure is expected to be much higher this year.
New comers the Brexit Party hit the ground running as within an hour of the election being called they were spotted on the campaign trail, all eyes will be on their performance as they stand to take votes from both the Labour and Conservative parties. Their candidate Matt Mickler is looking to upset the political apple cart and put an end to Labours long hold on the ward.
In Worlsey & Eccles South, Barbara Keeley will be campaigning for election again for Labour, having held the seat since 2005, the party did exceptionally well in 2017, managing to pull in 26046 votes. Her closest rival was Iain Lindley with 17667 votes, who stood down from the conservatives earlier this year at the local elections.
The Liberal Democrats managed to pull 1087 votes in 2017 with their candidate Kate Clarkson, who this year will be replaced by Joe Johnson-Tod who will be looking to pick up even more votes on the back of remain leaving voters.
As for the Green Party, well they will be fielding Daniel Towers who will be taking over from Tom Dylan who managed to pull in 842 votes in 2017, it is hoped that strong opposition to the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework in the area will transfer into votes for the party.
Both the Conservatives and the Brexit Party have yet to declare candidates for this area.
As more candidates tip their hat, we will add to this list and on election night we will be filling in the blanks with the stats as they come in.