Elections 2015: your local candidates

The general election is now less than a month away, but who can you actually vote for in Lincoln?

As expected, the four major parties have submitted a parliamentary candidate, alongside the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and one independent candidate. They are:

  • Nick Smith for the UK Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Karl McCartney for the Conservatives
  • Ross Pepper for the Liberal Democrats
  • Lucy Rigby for Labour
  • Helen Powell as a Lincolnshire Independent
  • Elaine Smith for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

The Green Party have chosen not to stand a parliamentary candidate for Lincoln, one of only seven seats in the East Midlands without a Green candidate.

May 7 will also see elections for City of Lincoln councillors in 11 wards across the city. Three of these are areas with a noteworthy student population: Carholme, Park, and Abbey.

Carholme Ward, also known as the West End, is the area from the Brayford Pool and Fossdyke Navigation past Carholme Road, West Parade, and the West Common towards Yarborough Road. It includes major student accommodation blocks such as Hayes Wharf, Brayford Quays, Aqua House, and the university’s Courts. The local candidates are:

  • Natasha Chapman for the Liberal Democrats
  • Jamie Bartch for the Conservatives
  • Mike Wilkinson for UKIP
  • Neil Murray for Labour
  • Nick Parker for TUSC
  • Judith Coops for the Greens

Park Ward covers the High Street and Sincil Bank, continuing out of town towards the South Common and east past Canwick Road. The local candidates are:

  • Chris Burke for Labour
  • Iain Baker for the Liberal Democrats
  • Tracy Talavia for the Conservatives
  • Hannah Smith for UKIP
  • Kenneth Yates for the Greens
  • Vince Williams for TUSC

Abbey Ward is the Monks Road area past the Lincoln County Hospital. The local candidates are:

  • Yaroslav Pustarnakov for the Conservatives
  • Chris Butler for UKIP
  • Fay Smith for Labour
  • James Bird for the Greens
  • Aarron Smith for the Liberal Democrats
  • Danny Wilkinson for TUSC

You can still register to vote on the gov.uk website for both Lincoln and your home constituency, although you are only permitted to vote in one on May 7.

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