General Election: four candidates so far announced for Devizes Constituency

Written by Tony Millett on .

L to r: Green Party, Labour Party & Liberal Democrat PartyL to r: Green Party, Labour Party & Liberal Democrat PartyWe know that Mrs Claire Perry, who until Wednesday was the Member of Parliament for the Devizes Constituency, has been re-selected as the Conservative Party candidate for the constituency.

We now know that three other candidates will be on the ballot paper on June 8 - and nominations do not close until 4pm on Thursday, May 11.

For the Green Party, political economist Emma Dawnay will be standing for a second time for the Devizes consituency.  Since she was five, she has spent much of her life in Wiltshire.

The Labour candidate will be Imtiyaz Shaikh who stood unsuccessfully as a Labour candidate in last year's elections for Swindon Council.  He is married with two children and works at Tyco Electronics in Swindon.

The Liberal Democrat candidate will be Chris Coleman.  He stood unsuccessfully in the 2015 general election as his party's candidate for the Forest of Dean constituency.  He sits on Cheltenham Borough Council and has been the council's deputy leader and a cabinet member.

This report will be added to as necessary.  Candidates’ views will be featured later once nominations close so we can publish them all at the same time.

At the 2015 General Election Mrs Perry took 57.7 per cent of the votes cast. 

The votes cast were as follows:

Claire Perry (Conservative)                  25,519
David Pollitt (UKIP)                                7,544
Chris Watts (Labour)                              6,360
Manda Rigby (Liberal Democrat)           3,954
Emma Dawnay  (Green Party)               2,853