Category: General Election 2015

Five candidates in race to be elected as Ludlow’s new MP

The deadline has passed and we have five candidates standing in the Ludlow constituency. Three live in the constituency, one over the border in Herefordshire and one in Birmingham. Liberal Democrats. BARNES, Charlotte Ann. Linley Lane Cottage, Norbury, Bishop`s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5DX. Conservatives. DUNNE, Philip Martin, (address in the North Herefordshire Constituency). UKIP. KELLY, David Joseph, (address in the Ludlow Constituency). Green. PHILLIPS, Janet Helen, 1 Walcot Avenue, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AA. Labour. SLATER, Simon Clive, 121 Vine Lane, Birmingham, B27 6SY. Statement of Persons Nominated in Ludlow Constituency.

General election: Are you registered to vote?

The voting registration system has changed and the head of the household can no longer register other members. That’s likely to mean that a number of teenage first time voters will have failed to register. You can check whether you’re registered to vote by calling Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9015 or by emailing It might also be worth checking you are still registered if you have recently moved house. It is now easy to register online: You will need your National Insurance number. The deadline for registering to vote in the May general election is 20 April. The following day is the deadline for registering for a postal vote. If you want someone to vote on your behalf, a proxy vote, the registration deadline is 28 April.

General election: We’re off!

Campaigning, of course, has been going on for some while. But just after midnight last night parliament was prorogued and with that we are into the general election campaign proper. I’m backing my excellent fellow councillor Charlotte Barnes who is standing for the Lib Dems in the Ludlow constituency. You can find out more about Charlotte on her blog.

Charlotte Barnes, the Lib Dem Shropshire Councillor for Bishops Castle, was last night selected by an overwhelming majority of local Liberal Democrats to contest the Ludlow seat at next year’s General Election. Speaking after the selection meeting at the Bishop Mascall Centre in Ludlow on Saturday, Charlotte said: It’s a great honour to be selected to represent the Lib Dems in next year’s contest. I will be following in the footsteps of great local campaigners such as Matthew Green and Heather Kidd. “We face some real challenges in this rural part of Shropshire. We are often neglected by both Central Government and the County. The threat of our hospital services disappearing, falling school rolls and a chaotic slash and burn council are just some of the problems our area faces. Charlotte has built a reputation as a strong local campaigner since her election to Shropshire Council, fighting on issues such as unwanted housing, the town’s youth club and the future of their business park. She is currently pressing the mobile provider EE over the poor signal it provides in southwest Shropshire. Charlotte on Facebook. Charlotte on Twitter. The profile Charlotte is married to Paul Barnes and has two sons, Edward…

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