Candidates gear up for election

Labour candidate David Prescott with a group of CYA students.  (Lin) EMN-150105-105438001
Labour candidate David Prescott with a group of CYA students. (Lin) EMN-150105-105438001

As voters across the area get set to head to the ballot boxes tomorrow (Thursday), here is a snapshot of what Market Rasen’s parliamentary candidates have been up to in the final week before the election.

Conservative candidate Sir Edward Leigh’s constituency tour began in Normanby-le-Wold, Claxby, Osgodby, Walesby, Tealby and North Willingham. He visited South Kelsey to meet with residents, business owners and council candidate Lewis Strange and he attended the election forum in Market Rasen. He also visited local schools.

Sir Edward Leigh with the students after the conference. EMN-150105-105220001

Sir Edward Leigh with the students after the conference. EMN-150105-105220001

UKIP candidate John Saxon said: “My wife, Jan, and I visited the Poplars Residential Home, and spent a good hour answering some of the most difficult questions I’ve had to face. I’ve had workmen down tools to come and meet me whilst on walkabout, taxi drivers taking UKIP pledge cards to give to clients and we’ve distributed lots of window boards.”

Green Party candidate Geoff Barnes said: “Most weekends I’ve got out and about in town or village centres across the constituency to introduce myself to as many people as possible and have tried to get out to visit plenty of community groups and schools.

“The intention has always been to show how Green Party issues are directly relevant to people’s lives. ”

Independent candidate Chris Darcel said: “As an Independent I am concerned about the environment, jobs, housing and preserving our green fields and rural communities but most important I want a common sense government and tax payers’ money treated like gold dust.”

UKIP candidate John Saxon with wife Jan EMN-150105-131512001

UKIP candidate John Saxon with wife Jan EMN-150105-131512001

Liberal Democrat candidate Lesley Rollings said: “I have spoken with small businesses in Market Rasen and I understand their concerns and frustrations, which have been expressed very clearly. I know that what you need is proper support, that gives proper results. The retail centre of Market Rasen needs active help over a considerable period of time.”

Labour party candidate David Prescott said: “I’ve been campaigning across the constituency.

“John joined me and we did a couple of speeches in Market Rasen Market Place. I’ve had a very warm reception wherever I’ve gone.

“I’ve covered most of the schools and the students have been absolutely brilliant, asking really good questions. They’ve all been really interested.

“It’s currently all to play for.”