Labour selects councillor to oppose Skidmore

May 08 2017

VOTERS in the Kingswood constituency will be going to the polls on June 9 following Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election.

VOTERS in the Kingswood constituency will be going to the polls on June 9 following Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election.

Chris Skidmore, who has been the Conservative MP for the area since 2010, has announced he intends to defend the seat and seek a third term in Parliament.

Labour has chosen its candidate to contest the constituency - Mhairi Threlfall, who has represented the Eastville ward on Bristol City Council since 2013, when she won the seat from the Liberal Democrats by one vote. She was re-elected by a large majority in 2016, having established herself as a hard-working councillor who gets involved in community campaigns. 

Ms Threlfall, who is a business enterprise adviser at UWE Bristol, has described herself as "passionate about people and planet". 

Although Kingswood was considered a marginal at the 2015 election, Mr Skidmore retained his Parliamentary seat with a 9,000 majority over Labour's Jo McCarron. He served as a Cabinet Office Minister in the last Government.

Six candidates contested Kingswood in 2015. The other parties had not chosen their 2017 candidates as the Voice went to print. Look out for profiles of all the candidates in the June edition. 

Bookmakers and pundits make Mr Skidmore favourite to win Kingswood again. The website Electoral Calculus predict his majority will rise from 18.7 to 33.8 per cent and forecasts his vote share will also increase. 

Brexit is a big feature of this election. Fifty seven per cent of voters in Kingswood voted to leave the EU, above the national figures of 52 per cent.

The election comes five weeks after the Metro Mayor election to choose a leader for the West of England Combined Authority.