The electoral map of West Suffolk is becoming clearer as Labour and the Greens follow the Conservatives by announcing their candidates for next year’s General Election.
For Labour, confectionery making consultant Bill Edwards will stand for Bury St Edmunds and former Newmarket College assistant principal Michael Jefferys will represent West Suffolk.
Meanwhile, the Green Party has chosen student Niall Pettit to fight for West Suffolk.
Bill Edwards, 63, of Great Bardfield, previously stood in Braintree at the last General Election for Labour and says he has an affinity for Bury.
He said: “It’s much more my sort of place. My first priority for the town is listening to what people want rather than telling them what I think they should want.”
He wants to see more affordable housing, better transport and improved railway services. Mr Edwards, who has worked in research and development in the food industry, said he would try to protect the interests of the sugar industry when EU regulations come up for renegotiation in 2017. He added: “If elected I will work unstintingly for the people of Bury without fear or favour.”
Michael Jefferys, 62, of Newmarket is standing for the fourth time in West Suffolk. He said economic development is needed in the area as well as measures to address the ‘housing crisis’ particularly for young people.
He said: “We’re reaching levels of inequality not seen since the Victorian times - I don’t think that’s good for o0ur communities.”
Mr Jefferys has been a Newmarket Town councillor for 16 years and Forest Heath District councillor for 12 years. He was assistant principal at Newmarket College.
Niall Pettit, 23, is the first Green candidate for West Suffolk. He was born and raised in Mildenhall and was a teacher at an environmental study centre and teaching assistant at Mildenhall College Academy. He is studying for a masters degree in public policy and environment at the UEA, Norwich.
Others already announced for Bury are Jo Churchill (Conservative), Dr Helen Geake (Green) and John Howlett (UKIP).