28 days to go
4PM came and went, meaning the deadline has passed for candidates to get on the ballot paper for the December 12 general election. Nigel Farage had earlier in the day said his ranks would contest all seats where Labour had the sitting MP, so it was not really a surprise to see the appearance of Brexit Party candidates in Hampstead and Kilburn and Holborn and St Pancras. Given Johnny Luk may previously have expected he could secure at least 25 percent of the vote, as the only candidate who had declared himself ready to vote in favour of a Brexit deal. Now leavers, have another choice.
Despite the spread of the Brexit Party, UKIP are still going and they are also fielding a candidate against Keir Starmer in Holborn and St Pancras. The Socialist Equality Party is standing too.
The Lib Dems, trying to outremain Tulip Siddiq, had a little surprise too, signing in for the battle as ‘Liberal Democrats – To Stop Brexit’ rather than just with the party name.
Full list of candidates follows:
Holborn and St Pancras
Mohammad BHATTI (UKIP)
Hector BIRCHWOOD (Brexit)
Kirsten DE KEYSER (Green Party)
Alexandra HAYWARD (Conservatives)
Matthew KIRK (Liberal Democrats)
Thomas SCRIPPS (Socialist Equality Party)
Keir STARMER (Labour)
Hampstead and Kilburn
Johnny LUK (Conservatives)
James POINTON (Brexit)
Matt SANDERS (Liberal Democrats)
Tulip SIDDIQ (Labour)
David STANSELL (Green Party)
THE name of the Brexit Party candidate in the Holborn and St Pancras constituency will be familiar to people who watch daytime TV. Hector Birchwood was one of the probate detectives who appeared on Heir Hunters.
THE Hampstead and Highgate Express newspaper are hosting hustings in Hampstead and Kilburn on December 2. You can get a free ticket to attend here. It’s in the hall at UCS.
It might seem strange, a CNJ writer promoting a Ham & High event but there won’t be many occasions before now and polling day that all the candidates will face the public together, and if you’ve got a burning question grab any chance you can get. Certainly get them in before the candidates’ supporters back in the room. We all know how these events can become a clapping competition. Reporter Harry Taylor will be in the umpire’s chair.
If any more hustings are announced, I’ll post them here.