Interest in the campaigning going on in Uxbridge and South Ruislip is intensified by the fact that Mayor of London Boris Johnson is hoping to return to Parliament as its Conservative candidate on May 7th.
Boris is standing as an MP for the second time, having previously served as the MP for Henley.
He’s expected to be elected by a very large majority.
It’s a safe Tory seat.
In the 2010 election, outgoing MP John Randall won a comfortable victory, taking 48.3 per cent of the total vote.
This was more than double that of his nearest rival from the Labour Party.
Mr Randall is standing down after 18 years.
Labour’s candidate for the seat, Chris Summers, said Mr Johnson’s decision to stand has given voters a clear choice between a ‘ruthlessly ambitious career politician’ and a committed campaigner ‘who would work tirelessly’ on local causes.
The seat is also being contested by Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Alan ‘Howling Laud’ Hope.
Mr Hope, along with his pet cat Catmando, were elected joint leaders of the party in 1999, although Mr Hope has had sole leadership since 2002, when Catmando was killed in a road accident.
A full list of candidates for the seat will be available from April 9th, the deadline for candidate declarations and deposits.
The list of candidates currently declared to stand is:
Liberal Democrat, Michael Cox
UK Independence Party, Jack Duffin
Monster Raving Loony Party, Alan “Howling Laud” Hope
Chris Dowling, The Eccentric Party of Great Britain
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition, Gary Harbord
Conservative, Boris Johnson
Green Party, Graham Lee
Labour, Chris Summers
One of the major issues likely to dominate the campaign are government proposals for the High Speed 2 Rail Line to stop in the constituency.
Heathrow Airport’s proposed expansion, which would result in greater noise pollution across the constituency is another hot issue.