PB Picks

Election 2019

From the candidates to watch out for at this election through to the inevitable campaign trail gaffe, you’ll find it all here.

PB's Ones to Watch

0_Kieran-Mullan-headshotJPGSeat: Crewe & Nantwich

Party: Conservatives

Current Seat Holder: Labour
Majority: 48

Dr Mullan is contesting one of the tightest marginals this winter and will be hoping to turn one of the elections key battlegrounds blue. A practicing clinician with extensive experience working in A&E Departments, as well as on projects aimed at improving the whole of the NHS, he already has impressive credentials. If that’s not enough, he has also acted as a school governor and volunteered as a policeman. Championing local health services and making the best use of public money has become a central theme to his campaign.

Website: https://www.drkieranmullan.org.uk/

Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/KieranMullanUK

iuif5VHF.jpg-medium-800x450Seat: Coventry North West

Party: Labour

Current Seat Holder: Labour
Majority: 8,580

Ms Owatemi is billed as one of Labour’s brightest stars and should she retain the seat previously held by stalwart Geoffrey Robinson, she is likely to rise fast within Labour’s ranks. A qualified pharmacist, she has a track record in healthcare policy. She also has experience of drafting policies from her time interning with Rt Hon Oliver Letwin (UK Minister for Government Policy) and is on the youth board of Oxfam. She was previously the Vice Chair of the Young Fabian Health Network.

Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/TaiwoOwatemi 

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Seat: Meriden

Party: Conservatives

Current Seat Holder: Conservatives
Majority: 19,198

A former graduate of the London School of Economics and then Deloitte, Mr Bhatti has risen fast in the finance world and at the age of 33, he became the youngest and first ever Muslim president of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. He is also a senior policy advisor to the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe and won the ‘safe’ Tory seat of Meriden after beating ex-Prime Ministerial aide Nick Timothy. He has promised to protect the green belt, encourage investment in the local area and ensure quality education is provided to all.

Website: https://tinyurl.com/s44fsqd
Twitter Profile: https://tinyurl.com/vdb67yh

Seat: Chingford and Woodford Green5b606b7c200000dd02378955

Party: Labour

Current Seat Holder: Conservative
Majority: 2,438

Ms Shaheen currently leads a left-wing think tank, the Centre for Labour & Social Studies (CLASS). Her campaign has focussed on addressing social and economic inequalities, and investing in public services. Ms Shaheen is a familiar face on political media programmes, and has become a prominent proponent of leftwing economic theory. Her campaign has received a large amount of coverage, as she is running to unseat Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative leader who has held the formerly safe seat for 27 years. She is already being spoken of as someone to watch, and many commentators anticipate her rapidly achieving a senior role within the Labour Party were she to be elected.

Website: https://www.faizashaheen.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/faizashaheen

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Seat: Devizes

Party: Conservative

Current Seat Holder: Conservative
Majority: 21,136

A close aide of Boris Johnson and former chief speechwriter for David Cameron, Mr Kruger’s close ties with the top means he is likely to play a significant role in the next Parliament. During the Cameron administration, he was involved in developing the idea of the Big Society and in 2018, he joined the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to work on the government’s Civil Society.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/danny__kruger?lang=en

IMG_1348-978x651Seat: Streatham

Party: Labour

Current Seat Holder: Liberal Democrat (Labour in 2017)
Majority: 26,285

Ms Ribeiro-Addy is the Chief of Staff and Political Advisor to the Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott. She was previously a Lambeth school Governor and also worked for Unite the Union. She is amongst the most experienced of the new Labour candidates of working within Westminster, and has run a campaign focussed heavily on social and economic justice.

Website: https://bell4streatham.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BellRibeiroAddy

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Seat: Beaconsfield

Party: Labour
Current Seat Holder: Conservative/Independent

Majority: 24,543

A former actress and London mayoral candidate Ms Morrissey is considered a rising star of the party. Firmly on moderate wing of the party, she cites ‘compassionate conservatism’ as her political ideology she has a noted track record in social justice, local campaigning and provision of local services.

 

Website: https://www.beaconsfieldconservatives.co.uk/people/joy-morrissey
Twitter Profile: https://twitter.com/joymorrissey?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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Seat: West Bromwich East

Party: Labour

Current Seat Holder: Labour
Majority: 7,713

Ibrahim Dogus has been a notable figure for some time in the Labour party, as a successful entrepreneur with a series of small businesses who is vocal about his support for Labour’s economic policies. This included establishing the Labour Rose Network, which is Labour’s outreach initiative to small business owners. Mr Dogus is a councillor in Lambeth, and was primarily associated with the London Labour party when he was unexpectedly chosen to replace outgoing Deputy Leader Tom Watson in this Midlands seat. He ran as a candidate in the 2017 General Election in the Cities of London and Westminster constituency, where he came unexpectedly close to winning in what was traditionally a Conservative stronghold.

Website: http://www.ibrahimdogus.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ibrahim_Dogus

Gaffe of the Week! Week 5
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Burger King ad mocks Vote Leave's Brexit bus

In continuation of our bus theme at this General Election, it would seem this Burger King advert has also seen the funny side. Spotted sailing past the Palace of Westminster, the advert refers to one of the most famous political claims of recent years – the Vote Leave campaign’s bus message claiming that Brexit would mean an extra £350m a week going to the NHS. The advert has been widely praised on social media, with one person saying: “I’m voting Burger King for Prime Minister”.

Gaffe of the Week! Week 4
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Friends in Strange Places

A friend in need is a friend indeed? Perhaps not, as Conservative candidate for Ashfield Lee Anderson found out. Mr Anderson apparently forgot he was wearing a microphone when he decided to ask his friend to pose as a random voter. The Tory hopeful had previously caused a storm of controversy after he said that “nuisance” social housing tenants should be made to live in tents. Mr Anderson apparently decided to take an unusual approach to rebutting the negative coverage this had caused: asking a friend to pose as a voter who shared the view, so that the candidate could then denounce it.

The footage can be viewed here.

Gaffe of the Week! Week 3
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When Nigel Farage set up the Brexit Party, he didn’t have the foresight to purchase all of the websites containing its name. Turns out that this small error resulted in a bit of a headache for the Party. The anti-Brexit campaign group “Led By Donkeys” bought the website domain thebrexitparty.com earlier this year to challenge Mr Farage’s party during the European Parliament elections in May. The group is now offering to sell the domain, which is similar to the official Brexit Party site thebrexitparty.org, to Nigel Farage for over a million pounds and pledges to donate the entire fee, which increases by £50,000 each day, to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

Gaffe of the Week!
Week 2
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The wheels on the bus go round and round, then fall off

Continuing on from the theme of last week, Boris Johnson had an awkward bus-related incident himself during a visit to a Primary School in West Monkton, Somerset.  During the visit, he was asked by the teacher to participate in a class sing-along of the nursery rhyme ‘The Wheels on the Bus’. A visibly awkward Johnson appeared to struggle to recall the words….awkward for a self-proclaimed lover of buses!

Gaffe of the Week! Week 1
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Sky News correspondent Laura Bundock revealed in a podcast that the Liberal Democrats’ increasingly notorious, electric-powered campaign bus has restricted itself to Greater London given the correct charging points for the high-tech vehicle are not available beyond the parameters of the M25. As such, the party have commissioned a second, identical, diesel-powered bus to travel round the rest of the country.