THE battle lines have been drawn and voters in the Cities of London & Westminster now know who will be bidding for their prized ballot in the build-up to 8 June. Theresa May’s snap call for a general...

THE battle lines have been drawn and voters in the Cities of London & Westminster now know who will be bidding for their prized ballot in the build-up to 8 June.

Theresa May’s snap call for a general election came as a major shock, and this list of Parliament hopefuls follows suit with a sprinkling of surprise runners hoping to upset the established order when the nation goes to the polls.

So without further adieu, allow City Matters to introduce the men and women who’ll be canvassing your support throughout the election period:

Conservative Mark Field

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Mark Field has been the the Cities of London and Westminster’s MP since 2001.

The Cities of London & Westminster has been a blue stronghold since 1965, with Mark Field unrivalled as elected representative since 2001. The City Matters columnist became his party’s international vice chair in the wake of the 2015 general election, when he took 54.1% of the votes.

Find out more about Mark here.

Labour Ibrahim Dogus

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businessman: Ibrahim Dogus will challenge the blue stronghold seat.

An individual with a huge appetite for change having started his campaigning career as a teenager. Mr Dogus runs three restaurants and is the son of political refugees from Turkey. He pinned his colours firmly to the Remain mast during the controversial EU referendum.

Find out more about Ibrahim here.

Liberal Democrats Bridget Fox

Another from the Remain camp, the ex-MP candidate for Islington South & Finsbury wants better transport across the constituency, and will aim to use her position on the board of policy-influencer Transport and Environment to hammer home that message.

Independent Tim Lord

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fed up: Tim Lord is dissatisfied with Britain’s “hasty” approach to Brexit

Newcomer Tim Lord brings an Independent voice to the ring ahead of next month’s battle royal. There has not been an Independent candidate standing in the Cities of London & Westminster since former City Matters chairman Dennis Delderfield and Tom Scott – aka Mad Cap’n Tom – in 2010.

Find out more about Tim here.

Greens Lawrence McNally

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election hopeful: Lawrence McNally

At just 18, Mr McNally is the youngest candidate in this race, and one of the youngest runners in the whole country. He is an Ancient History student at King’s College and a former clinic administrator for Speed Medical Examination Services.

Find out more about Lawrence here

One Love Party Ankit Love

Founded in 2015 and touted as a techno-progressive party, clean air and a worldwide union is the driving force behind founder Ankit Love’s mission. Earlier this year Mr Love also announced his surprise candidacy for Prime Minister of India ahead of the vote in 2019.

Young People’s Party Benjamin Weenen

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calling for change: Benjamin Weenen

As one of just three Young People’s Party candidates contesting seats in the general election, Benjamin Weenen is very much a focal point of the YPP campaign. Billed as a ‘Georgist’ party, Ben wants to achieve economic progress and reduce inequality in both the Square Mile and Westminster.

Find out more about Benjamin here.

UKIP Anil Bhatti

2015 election hopeful Robert Stephenson has stepped aside to allow a fresh face a crack at the campaign trail. Anil Bhatti can look to the last election – when the UK Independence Party gained an additional 3.4% of the votes – for inspiration.

City Matters is the only place to read all the latest news relating to the Cities of London & Westminster seat ahead of the hotly-contested general election.

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