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General Election 2019: Campaigning gets underway in Bury St Edmunds ahead of December 12

General Election candidates in Bury St Edmunds have been out campaigning this week, with less than a month until the UK goes to the polls.

Parliamentary candidates across Suffolk were announced yesterday, with Conservative Jo Churchill, Helen Geake of The Greens, Independent Paul Hopfensperger and Labour's Cliff Waterman vying for the seat.

Jo Churchill, who is standing for the Conservatives again after being MP for the area since 2015, launched her campaign at the Norman Tower on Wednesday.

General Election (21696698)
General Election (21696698)

Taking to Twitter after the launch, Mrs Churchill said she was 'proud' of what she has achieved as MP so far but said there was 'still more to do'.

Backed by local councillors, party members and supporters, she also visited residents in Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket to discuss their concerns and what her priorities will be if re-elected.

Helen Geake launched her campaign at Bury St Edmunds railway station on Tuesday, stating that tackling the current 'climate chaos' would be top of her agenda.

She said: ‘There’s just ten years left to tackle the climate emergency, and the next government could be in power for half of that time until 2025.

"We urgently need to invest in public transport, retrofitted housing, cutting waste, improving our soil.

"That’s why the Green Party will invest £100bn per year to tackle the climate chaos and reach net zero carbon by 2030.”

Paul Hopfensperger, deputy mayor of Bury St Edmunds, visited St Benedict's Catholic School on Wednesday to talk to students about his campaign.

Helen Geake of The Green Party launched her election campaign on Tuesday. (21698512)
Helen Geake of The Green Party launched her election campaign on Tuesday. (21698512)

In his manifesto, Cllr Hopfensperger stated there was 'no easy solution' to Brexit but that one of his priorities will be 'to try to deliver a solution that will somehow heal these rifts'.

His other priority areas included town infrastructure, the climate crisis and the NHS.

Cliff Waterman has taken to the streets of Bury this week, stating that campaigning for the Labour Party was met with 'massive energy and enthusiasm' from residents.

He has also thrown his weight behind the Women Against State Pension Inequality cause after meeting with members. He said he would 'campaign in parliament for full redress'.

A Brexit Party candidate who was forced to step down in Bury St Edmunds is now running as an Independent candidate in South East Cambridgeshire.

Dr Edmund Fordham withdrew his bid for the Bury St Edmunds seat earlier this week after Nigel Farage agreed to 'not oppose Boris Johnson'.

Speaking at the time, Dr Fordham said: "The Brexit Party has put country before party. We look for the Tories to act similarly."

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