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North Shropshire by-election 2021: The candidates standing North Shropshire by-election 2021: The candidates standing
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A look at North Shropshire as it goes to the polls BBC West Midlands Political Editor Elizabeth Glinka takes a look at North Shropshire as it goes to the polls
People in the constituency of North Shropshire will head to the polls on 16 December to elect an MP.People in the constituency of North Shropshire will head to the polls on 16 December to elect an MP.
The vote follows the resignation of Conservative MP Owen Paterson, who was found to have breached parliamentary rules on lobbying.The vote follows the resignation of Conservative MP Owen Paterson, who was found to have breached parliamentary rules on lobbying.
Former cabinet minister Mr Paterson had held the constituency, a Tory stronghold, since 1997.Former cabinet minister Mr Paterson had held the constituency, a Tory stronghold, since 1997.
These are the candidates standing for election (listed alphabetically):These are the candidates standing for election (listed alphabetically):
Suzie Akers Smith, IndependentSuzie Akers Smith, Independent
Suzie Akers Smith is an independent councillor on Cheshire East Council and the local authority's Cycling and Walking Champion.
Andrea Allen, UKIPAndrea Allen, UKIP
Boris Been-Bunged, Rejoin EUBoris Been-Bunged, Rejoin EU
Martin Daubney, The Reclaim PartyMartin Daubney, The Reclaim Party
Martin Daubney represented the West Midlands in the European Parliament between 2019 and 2020 while a member of the Brexit Party.Martin Daubney represented the West Midlands in the European Parliament between 2019 and 2020 while a member of the Brexit Party.
Russell Dean, The Party PartyRussell Dean, The Party Party
Russell Dean, the founder of the Party Party, is a yacht salesman who grew up in Shropshire and now lives in Monaco.Russell Dean, the founder of the Party Party, is a yacht salesman who grew up in Shropshire and now lives in Monaco.
James Elliot, Heritage PartyJames Elliot, Heritage Party
Alan 'Howling Laud' Hope, Official Monster Raving Loony PartyAlan 'Howling Laud' Hope, Official Monster Raving Loony Party
Alan Hope has been the leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party since the death of its founder, Screaming Lord Sutch, in 1999.Alan Hope has been the leader of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party since the death of its founder, Screaming Lord Sutch, in 1999.
Earl Jesse, Freedom AllianceEarl Jesse, Freedom Alliance
Yolande KenwardYolande Kenward
Duncan Kerr, Green PartyDuncan Kerr, Green Party
Duncan Kerr stood for the Green Party in the 2015 and 2017 elections and is a member of Shropshire Council.Duncan Kerr stood for the Green Party in the 2015 and 2017 elections and is a member of Shropshire Council.
Helen Morgan, Liberal DemocratsHelen Morgan, Liberal Democrats
Chartered accountant Helen Morgan, of Harmer Hill, in Shropshire, stood for the party in the 2019 general election.Chartered accountant Helen Morgan, of Harmer Hill, in Shropshire, stood for the party in the 2019 general election.
Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst, ConservativesDr Neil Shastri-Hurst, Conservatives
Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst is a former British Army Medical Officer and honorary NHS consultant who now works as a barrister.Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst is a former British Army Medical Officer and honorary NHS consultant who now works as a barrister.
Kirsty Walmsley, Reform UKKirsty Walmsley, Reform UK
Kirsty Walmsley is a former Oswestry councillor and grew up just outside the town.Kirsty Walmsley is a former Oswestry councillor and grew up just outside the town.
Ben Wood, LabourBen Wood, Labour
Ben Wood, from Oswestry, started his working life in a local hardware shop.Ben Wood, from Oswestry, started his working life in a local hardware shop.
All candidates must submit their completed nomination papers by 16:00 GMT on 19 November.All candidates must submit their completed nomination papers by 16:00 GMT on 19 November.
A deposit of £500 is also required which is returned if the candidate gets more than 5% of votes in the election.A deposit of £500 is also required which is returned if the candidate gets more than 5% of votes in the election.
Applications to register to vote must be submitted by 00:00 on 30 November and new applications to vote by post must reach the council by 17:00 on 1 December.Applications to register to vote must be submitted by 00:00 on 30 November and new applications to vote by post must reach the council by 17:00 on 1 December.
Full rules for the by-election can be found here.Full rules for the by-election can be found here.
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