General Election 2024: Meet the candidates fighting for your votes in Rugby

The starting gun has been fired and the race has now begun towards the General Election on July 4.

Here are five of the candidates who will be standing for the Rugby seat.

We have contacted all candidates and will bring more as they come in.

Labour

John Slinger

“I am proud to launch my campaign to be the next Labour MP for Rugby and the villages. I’ve brought my family up in Rugby and I know that our community deserves better than the past 14 years of Tory decline.

“The Conservatives have been running our local councils for decades, we’ve had a Conservative MP for 19 years and they’ve propped up this failed Tory government.

“Over the next few weeks, I will set out my plans to unleash the potential of our people, the businesses, organisations and groups that make this constituency such a great place to live and work.

“Together we can change Rugby and the villages.”

Conservative

Yousef Dahmash

“Rugby is my hometown - I went to school here, and I’m raising my family here. I’ve served our community for 14 years already, and as our next MP, I will focus on the issues that matter most to local people, rather than the fleeting fancies of the ‘Westminster Bubble’.

I want our Government to provide the conditions where all our families can flourish, and where we all have more control over our lives. That means an NHS that is there for you when you need it, high quality affordable childcare, great schools, and low taxes.

It means strong action to keep our borders secure and our streets safe. It means high quality new homes on developments like Houlton, with public services to match, while protecting our green and pleasant land from the wrong kind of developments in the wrong places.”

Liberal Democrat

Richard Dickson

Born in Warwickshire, Richard has recently spent a lot of time in Rugby campaigning in elections.

He said: “The old two-party system is broken - I want to help create new systems of government that provide a genuine fair deal for voters.”

Richard said his priorities are a better deal for Rugby residents on health including mental health, the economy and skills for young people climate change and adaptation.

He will work closely with the Liberal Democrat team of councillors too.

The Green Party

Becca Stevenson

The Green Party candidate in Rugby on July 4th is Becca Stevenson. She manages 5 Acre Farm, a local community supported farm located near Ryton on Dunsmore whilst also being a director and regional organiser for the Land Workers Alliance, a union supporting agroecological farmers. Becca spends her spare time as a volunteer for Transition Town Rugby and set up Rugby Litter Busters three years ago.

Becca said: "I am excited and honored to be the Green Party candidate for Rugby in this General Election. I have used my experience in environmental activism and business to forge excellent links with a wide range of groups and I am committed to engaging as many people as possible. I want to be another Green voice in parliament representing real hope and real change for the people of Rugby."

Reform UK

Devenne Taylor Kedward

Better business, education and livelihoods. That’s what you’ll get with a Reform government, along with our no nonsense, common sense policies which will forge and sustain an excellent future for our nation. We can Brexit properly, ditch the WEF and end harmful agendas like ‘Net Zero’. It’s all planned and costed - and the prospect is so exciting.

My top three priorities are to push for improvements to the urgent care department at St Cross hospital by having it staffed by registrars 24/7 so that more people can be treated on site without having to go to UHCW, to reform local SEND provision by working closely with other local representatives to champion parent and pupil views to bring about urgent improvements in the local offering and to enhance youth provision, enabling all young people to have access to youth clubs which provide them with a safe space to socialise away from phones and consoles and learn skills to help prepare them for adulthood and improve their mental health.

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