General election PPCs
The plan for launching Vote Leicester was not supposed to include a general election in the first few weeks. And yet, here we are. So let’s hit the ground running with some background on the candidates and constituencies here in Leicester.
- Council’s General Election 2019 page.
- Leicestershire Live’s full list of candidates for the county.
- Leicester Lib Dem’s PPC announcement with some more background on their candidates.
Tara Baldwin, Brexit Party.
Bhupen Dave, Conservatives. Lost his Oadby and Wigston Borough Council seat in May. The previous Tory candidate in 2017, Edward He, took 24% of the vote.
Nitesh Dave, Liberal Democrats. Vice chair of the Leicester City Liberal Democrats, previous challenger to the seat in 2017 with 1343 votes. Twitter.
Sanjay Gogia, Independent.
Melanie Wakley, Greens. Involved in Leicester’s Friends of the Earth group and stood for the seat in 2017 gaining 1070 votes.
Claudia Webbe, Labour. Recently chosen to replace incumbent Keith Vaz, who held a majority of over 22,000. Born in Leicester, currently an Islington Borough Councillor and member of Labour’s National Executive Committee. Wikipedia, Twitter.
Chris Coghlan, Liberal Democrat. Lib Dems came third in the seat in 2017 with 2.5% of the vote. Twitter.
Mags Lewis, Green. Has previously stood for Leicester Mayor and city council, contested seat in 2017 gaining 1177 votes. Twitter.
James Potter, Brexit Party. Blasted off of Google’s front page by sharing a name with a fictional wizard’s father.
Ian Bradwell, Liberal Democrats. Stood for the seat in 2015 and 2017, where he took 2% of the vote. Lib Dem profile.
Jack Collier, Brexit. Initially appears to have been selected for Leicester East, now West.
Ani Goddard, Green. Eighteen year old challenger active with the Climate Strike protests. News.
I’ve added links where findable with a cursory Google. Always surprised by the lack of engagement online, even just basic announcements.