ANOTHER batch of readers’ reports about your constituencies as the election campaign goes on. See below for how to submit your own report on the choice of candidates you have, which of them you plan to vote for and why, what you think of their chances and your stance on Brexit.
Current MP Chris Matheson (Labour)
Robyn Whitticase writes: Chester was a marginal in 2010 when it was won from Labour by Stephen Mosley of the Conservative Party. He narrowly lost it in 2015 (by 93 votes) to Labour’s Chris Matheson, who increased his majority to more than 9,000 in 2017, due in no small part to the growing student population. He is a diehard Remainer. Previous Conservative MPs have included the dissolute Peter Morrison and the effete Gyles Brandreth, so not a good track record.
The current Tory candidate is an outsider who will pose little threat to Labour, nor is the Brexit Party likely to profit as this isn’t a typical Labour Northern post-industrial seat of anti European voters.
I don’t see this seat changing hands and I probably won’t bother to vote, but I hope BXP save their deposit.
Current MP: Priti Patel (Conservative)
Otis Spunkmeister writes: Witham is a safe Tory seat and has been ever since it was split off from Witham & Braintree in 2010. The seat straddles both Braintree and Colchester local authorities, both of which voted to leave, very strongly in the case of Braintree.
Patel is Home Secretary and fully in favour of Brexit, having spoken out against the Withdrawal Agreement in 2018, and is also a proper conservative voice. Despite reservations about the Tory party as a whole, I’ll be voting for her because we need to get a proper leave contingent into the House to ensure that we get a Brexit that means Brexit.
I doubt that this will be anything other than Tory this time round. Priti Patel has a majority of over 18,000 and the main body of Labour voters are in Witham town itself, which is a minority in a mostly rural seat.
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