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Bury St Edmunds votes: Green due Sian Berry and Natalie Bennett in town as Labour, Conservative and independent candidates rally




Green Party co-leader Siân Berry and her predecessor Natalie Bennett were among those campaigning in Bury St Edmunds this week.

With less than two weeks until Britain goes to the polls on December 12, campaigns are now also in full-swing from Conservative, Labour and independent candidates.

Here is what the four standing in Bury constituency (which includes Stowmarket and Needham Market) have been doing to win your votes this week.

Green ladies Sian Berry, Helen Geake and Natalie Bennett in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Safiye Rafehi
Green ladies Sian Berry, Helen Geake and Natalie Bennett in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Safiye Rafehi

Helen Geake, Green

Bury St Edmunds has been named as one of six target seats for the Green Party, who brought out Siân Berry co-leader former leader and Natalie Bennett to a rally on Sunday.

Ms Berry said: “We want something done about climate change while we still can and, while other parties have adopted green policies, only we can be trusted to take real action.”

Bury St Edmunds candidate Helen Geake added: “It is the first rally we have ever had in Bury and it signifies the wider recognition of the climate chaos we are now battling.”

The former Libereal Democrat candidate Helen Korfanty has withdrawn from the race to allow Dr Geake to stand unopposed as a ‘remain’ candidate.

Cliff Waterman, Labour

In 2017, Labour provided the closest challenge to Conservative dominance in 2017 when William Edwards racked up 18,000 votes to finish second.

The party’s 2019 candidate Cliff Waterman has been active on social media. This week he posted a video on his Twitter in which he spoke on the NHS.

“As far as the Conservatives are concerned, the NHS is very much on the table in its trade deals with the United States. The NHS is one of those fundamental things that makes life in Britain so civilised. If we have a Conservative government, that is under threat and I think that is the deciding issue of this election.”

Paul Hopfensperger, Independent

The current deputy mayor of Bury St Edmunds has voiced opinion on local issues this week, suggesting the Christmas Fayre should be changed. He wants the format to be changed, with no road closures and having pockets of Christmas market stalls scattered around the town for one month to create a ‘Christmas in Bury St Edmunds theme’.

On the campaign trail, Mr Hopfensperger has been leafleting in Fornham St Martin and Great Barton. He has put local interests at the heart of his campaign and has been a member on local councils since 2003.

Jo Churchill, Conservative

Incumbent MP Jo Churchill is backing Boris Johnson’s pledge to ‘get Brexit done’ and fund the NHS.

On the local scene, the Conservative has this week visited Greene King brewery - from which she spoke on the importance of apprenticeships.


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