By Kira Taylor |
As the country gears up for a general election, we’re beginning to turn our eyes from the national stage to local candidates.
If you live on Penryn Campus or Mabe Burnthouse, these are your candidates for the general election.
If you don’t know which constituency you’re in, you can find out here.
Conservative – George Eustice
A former UKIP politician, George Eustice has served as a respected parliamentary undersecretary and then a minister in the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs for several years, under three Prime Ministers.
Born and raised in Cornwall, he comes from a mining and farming family. He worked as the Conservative’s Head of Press between 2003 and 2005 and as Cameron’s Press Secretary until 2007.
He was elected in 2010 and has actively campaigned for the UK to leave the EU.
Labour – Paul Farmer
A lecturer at Falmouth University, Paul Farmer took over from Graham Winter, who narrowed George Eustice’s majority in the 2017 election.
He has a considerable amount of union support and is endorsed by Momentum.
He is a former self-employed sole trader, working in arts and media, and has lived in the constituency for over 35 years.
He was also made a Bard of Gorsedh Kernow for “services to Cornish Arts” in 2000.
Liberal Democrat – Florence MacDonald
Florence MacDonald is a primary and music teacher.
She is an avid campaigner for remain, having run stalls and marched against Brexit.
She is running on the Liberal Democrat’s message to stop Brexit with the message that both the Brexit Party and the Conseratives are backing Brexit and Labour is on the fence.
Green Party – Karen La Borde
The company director of the Winter Sports Company, activist and parish councillor, Karen La Borde tries to live ethically, including not washing her home with chemicals and buying an electric car when her diesel one fails.
She emphasises focusing on the major issues facing the world and thinks this pressing urgency requires her party to set policy and strategy to tackle the climate crisis.
If you live in Falmouth, Penryn and Truro, you can find out who your candidates are here.
We’ll be running interviews with the candidates from both constituencies closer to the election, but for now, make sure you’re registered to vote!