RESULTS OF BYELECTIONS TO THE
53rd UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENT

Explanatory Note: The results given are largely self-explanatory, but two points should be noted. Many of those candidates marked as Independents contested the byelections on a specific policy theme and not as an Independent candidate. Frequently candidates who are to all intents and purposes Independents start a nominal political party of which they are the only candidate.

An asterisk indicates a forfeited deposit (where the candidate fails to poll one-twentieth of the total vote, ie 5%).











IPSWICH [156]

(Death of James Charles Cann on 15th October 2001)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2001
(22/11)
68,24440.2
C.D. Mole
P.M. West
Mrs. T.J. Munt
D.A. Cooper
J.P. Wright
A.C. Slade
J.P. Ramirez
P.J.J. Leech
N. Winskill
Lab
C
L Dem
CPA
UKIP
GP
LCA
SA
Ind
11,881
7,794
6,146
581
276
255
236
152
84
4,087



*
*
*
*
*
*
43.4
28.4
22.4
2.1
1.0
0.9
0.9
0.6
0.3
15.0
-7.9
-2.1
+7.2

-0.6


-0.2
Note:-
2001
(22/11):
Winskill was the candidate of the English Independence Party which advocated that England dissolve the Union.

MID GLAMORGAN, OGMORE [551]

(Death of Sir Raymond Powell on 8th December 2001)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2002
(14/2)
51,32535.9
I.H. Irranca-Davies
B.W. Hancock
Mrs. V.K. Watkins
G.ap O. Bebb
C. Herriot
J.H. Spink
J.J. Hurford
L.D. Edwards
C. Beany
D.O. Braid
Lab
PC
L Dem
C
S Lab P
GP
SA
MRLP
Ind
Ind
9,578
3,827
1,608
1,377
1,152
250
205
187
122
100
5,751





*
*
*
*
*
52.0
20.8
8.7
7.5
6.3
1.4
1.1
1.0
0.7
0.5
31.2
-10.0
+6.8
-4.0
-3.7
Notes:-
2002:Beany had changed his name from Barry Kirk in order to contest a previous election. He sought election as the candidate of the 'New Millennium Bean Party'.

Braid advocated a return to christian morality.

BRENT, BRENT EAST [11]

(Death of Paul Andrew Daisley on 18th June 2003)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2003
(18/9)
57,55836.2
Miss S.L. Teather
R.J.E. Evans
Mrs. U.N. Fernandes
T.N. Lynch
B. Butterworth
K.F. Ibrahim
W.T. McKenzie
Miss K. McBride
H.L. Immanuel
B.J. Hall
Mrs. I.M.J. Cremer
N.F. Walsh
A. Hope
A.A. Barschak
J.J.N. Bardwaj
R.G. Weiss
L Dem
Lab
C
GP
SA
Ind
Ind
Ind
Ind Lab
UKIP
S Lab P
Ind
MRLP
Ind
Ind
Ind
8,158
7,040
3,368
638
361
219
197
189
188
140
111
101
59
37
35
11
1,118



*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
39.1
33.8
16.1
3.1
1.7
1.0
0.9
0.9
0.9
0.7
0.5
0.5
0.3
0.2
0.2
0.1
5.3
+28.6
-29.4
-2.1
-1.6





+0.0
-0.8

BIRMINGHAM, HODGE HILL [86]

(Resignation of Rt. Hon. Terence Anthony Gordon Davis on 22nd June 2004, on election as Secretary General of the Council of Europe)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2004
(15/7)
53,94037.9
L.D. Byrne
Miss N.S. Davies
S.J.A. Eyre
J.W. Rees
J.W. Starkey
M.K. Wheatley
Rev. J.G. Hargreaves
Lab
L Dem
C
RU
NF
EDP
Ind
7,451
6,991
3,543
1,282
805
277
90
460




*
*
*
36.5
34.2
17.3
6.3
3.9
1.4
0.4
2.3
-27.4
+26.1
-2.6
Note:-
2004:

Hargreaves was sponsored by Operation Christian Vote, which he had formed.



LEICESTER, SOUTH [168]

(Death of James Marshall on 27th May 2004)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2004
(15/7)
70,92741.5
P.S. Gill
Sir P.A. Soulsby
C. Heaton-Harris
Miss Y.A. Ridley
D.P. Roberts
R.U. Seerius
P.J. Kennedy
P.A. Lord
M.E. Benson
J.J.N. Bardwaj
A.G. Barrett
L Dem
Lab
C
RU
S Lab P
MRLP
Ind
Ind
Ind UKIP
Ind
Ind C
10,274
8,620
5,796
3,724
263
225
204
186
55
36
25
1,654




*
*
*
*
*
*
*
34.9
29.3
19.7
12.7
0.9
0.8
0.7
0.6
0.2
0.1
0.1
5.6
+17.7
-25.2
-3.3

-0.7

Note:-
2004:Kennedy was a parent of children at local schools which were proposed for closure by Leicester City Council, and sought election as a 'Save Our Schools' candidate.

HARTLEPOOL [150]

(Resignation of Rt. Hon. Peter Benjamin Mandelson on 8th September 2004)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2004
(30/9)
68,51745.8
I.D. Wright
Mrs. J. Dunn
S. Allison
J.P. Middleton
J.A. Bloom
Mrs. I. Ryder
J.W. Starkey
P.M. Watson
C. Herriot
Rev. Dr. R.T.B. Rodgers
P. Berriman
A. Hope
R. Carroll
R.E. Abrams
Lab
L Dem
UKIP
C
RU
GP
NF
Ind
S Lab P
Ind
Ind
MRLP
Rainbow
EDP
12,752
10,719
3,193
3,044
572
255
246
139
95
91
90
80
45
41
2,033




*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
40.7
34.2
10.2
9.7
1.8
0.8
0.8
0.4
0.3
0.3
0.3
0.3
0.1
0.1
6.5
-18.5
+19.2

-11.1




-2.1

Notes:-
2004:Watson was sponsored by the campaigning organisation Fathers 4 Justice which advocated equal parenting rights for divorced couples.

Rodgers sought election as a 'Common Good' candidate.

Berriman was the proprietor of a boat from which he sold duty free alcohol in international waters. He sought election in order to oppose the attempts by HM Customs and Excise to prevent him trading.

Candidates’ Biographies

Ipswich

Dave Cooper, East Anglia Regional Manager for Tearfund (a christian charity). Born 4th September 1947 in West London. Educated at Christopher Wren Comprehensive School in London, and Canley Teacher Training College in Coventry. Formerly a primary school teacher. Joined the Liberal Party in 1987. Candidate for Suffolk Coastal District Council in 1991 and Suffolk County Council 1993. Member of Suffolk Coastal District Council from 1995 to 1999 (Chair of the Health Committee; Vice Chair of the Establishment Committee). Contested Bury St. Edmunds for the Liberal Democrats in the 1997 General Election. Member of the Evangelical Alliance and the World Development Movement. Married to Jackie, with two daughters.

Peter Leech, self-employed Builder. Born 3rd May 1937 in Bristol. Educated at St. Bees School in Cumberland, and Oxford University. Formerly employed by the Greater London Council Planning Department and as a farmer. Contested Ipswich in the 2001 General Election. A widower with no children.

Chris Mole, Leader of Suffolk County Council. Born 16th March 1958 in Bromley, Kent. Educated at Dulwich College and the University of Kent at Canterbury (Electronics Degree). Formerly an electronic engineer and Research and Development Manager with British Telecom laboratory at Martlesham. Member of Suffolk County Council since 1985. Leader of the Labour Group since 1990. Leader of the Council since 1993. Deputy Chair of the East of England Development Agency since 1999. Chair of Suffolk Televersity Company. Member of Suffolk Learning and Skills Council. Governor of Handford Hall Primary School (formerly Deputy Chair of Governors). Married to Shona, with two sons.

Tessa Munt, Legal Executive specializing in landlord and tenant issues. Born 1959. Formerly worked for the Environmental Investigation Agency and for Childline. Contested South Suffolk in the 2001 General Election. Married to Martin, with three children.

John Ramirez, musician and performing arts student. Born 1964. Educated at St. Joseph's College, Ipswich, and Suffolk College (current). Formerly worked as a Music and Media Services Technician at Middlesex University. Plays the melodion, keyboards and guitar for Ipswich bands Kwerk and Pay the Reckoning. Writer of music for theatre productions. Married, with one son. Currently on bail accused of possession of cannabis, a charge which he is fighting under the Human Rights Act 1998.

Tony Slade, civil engineer, running his own business. Contested Suffolk in the 1989 European Parliament elections, and Suffolk and Norfolk South West in the 1994 European Parliament elections. Contested Suffolk Coastal in the 1997 General election. Married.

Paul West, owner of a property management company. Born 1969. Educated at Claydon High School. Formerly worked for Willis Corroon. Member of Ipswich Borough Council from 1995 to 1999 (Leader of the Conservative Group). Chairman of Ipswich Conservative Association. Married to Dawn.

Nicholas Winskill, clerical worker. Born 1961. Lives in Salisbury.

Jonathan Wright, Senior Orthotist at Ipswich Hospital. Born 1957. Educated at Cowplain Secondary School, Hampshire, and London Polytechnic. Formerly a Principal Officer with Cornwall County Council. Contested Suffolk Central and Ipswich North in the 2001 General election.


Ogmore

Captain Beany, charity fundraiser. Born as Barry Kirk in 1954. Formerly worked as a computer operator for BP Chemicals at Port Talbot. Contested the Neath byelection of April 1991 (under the name of Barry Kirk), Aberavon in the 1992, 1997 and 2001 general elections, South Wales West in the 1994 European Parliament elections, Aberavon in the 1999 National Assembly for Wales election, and Swansea East in the September 2001 National Assembly for Wales byelection. Fourth place in the Kelloggs Best of British Eccentrics contest 2001. Married.

Guto Bebb, Business Consultant, working with farmers and small businesses. Born in Wrexham, 9th October 1968. Educated at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen, Caernarfon, and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth (BA History). Founder of a Bookshop. Partner in the Egin Partnership (a Business Consultancy) since 2000. Formerly a Member of Plaid Cymru. Agent for Caernarfon Plaid Cymru in the 2001 general election. President of Arfon Constituency Plaid Cymru. Resigned from Plaid Cymru and joined the Conservative Party in October 2001. Member of Business for Sterling. Member of the Council of No-Euro Cymru. Board Member of the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Gwynedd. Married, with 3 children.

Reverend David Braid, also known as David Franklin-Braid. Born 1937. Formerly in the RAF. Has worked in the Christian ministry for more than 20 years. Former Minister for the African Church in Liverpool. Voted best lifesaver during the 1981 Toxteth riots. Fought Liverpool Riverside as a 'Multi-Racial Anti Corruption Alliance' candidate in the 1997 general election, and the North West region in the 1999 European Parliament elections as an 'Anti Corruption Pro Family Christian Alliance' candidate. Contested the Wigan byelection of September 1999. Founder of the Battle of Britain Christian Alliance Party in 2000. Contested the Preston byelection of November 2000, and Preston, St. Helens South, and West Lancashire in the 2001 general election.

Leslie Edwards, also known as 'Gibson Martin Fender'. Retired. Formerly a Teacher of English at a Secondary School. Official Monster Raving Loony Party Shadow Minister for Jamming. Official Monster Raving Loony Party Welsh Ambassador.

Bleddyn Hancock, General Secretary of NACODS (National Association of Colliery Overseers, Deputies and Shotfirers) since 1987. Born 10th February 1953 in Merthyr Vale. Educated at Quakers' Yard Grammar School, Afon Taf High School, and the Polytechnic of Wales. Formerly a miner. Trustee of the Miners' Pension Fund. Contested Pontypridd in the National Assembly for Wales election in 1999, and in the general election in 2001. Engaged to be married in February 2002.

Christopher Herriot, Community Education Manager. Born 1959. Formerly a miner, but was sacked during the National Union of Mineworkers strike of 1984-85. Founding President of the Socialist Labour Party in Scotland. A Unison branch officer. Contested Motherwell and Wishaw in the 1997 general election, Paisley South in the November 1997 byelection and the 1999 Scottish Parliament election, and Airdrie and Shotts in the 2001 general election. Partner of Sue, with 3 children.

Jeff Hurford, Secretary of the Bridgend Coalition Against Racism. Born 1940. Organiser for the Stop the War Coalition. Previously active in the anti-Poll Tax movement. Member of, and sponsored by, the Socialist Workers' Party.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Senior Lecturer and Course Director at the Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Born at Gowerton, 22nd January 1963. Nephew of Ifor Davies, Labour MP for Gower from 1959 to 1982. Educated at Gowerton Comprehensive School, Crewe and Alsager College, and Swansea Institute of Higher Education. Formerly a Manager, a Local Government Officer, and Director of a Charitable Trust (in the field of community regeneration). Joined the Labour Party in 1981. Secretary of Ystalyfera Ward Labour Party, Neath Constituency Labour Party. Vice President of Neath Constituency Labour Party. Contested Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in 1999. Contested Brecon and Radnor in the National Assembly for Wales election in 1999, and in the general election in 2001. Lost the selection for Labour candidate for the National Assembly byelection in Swansea East by 1 vote in 2001. Married to Joanna Irranca with 3 sons.

Jonathan Spink, software engineer, formerly working for Sony. Born 1963. Educated at University College, London (BSc Applied Physics), London School of Economics (MSc in Sea Use, Law and Policy Making), the Polytechnic of Central London (Diploma in Law), the Inns of Court School of Law, and the Institute of Education, London (PGCE). A non-practising Barrister. Volunteer at the European Proliferation Information Centre (campaigning against nuclear proliferation) from 1986 to 1990. Teacher of Science at a secondary school in Tower Hamlets from 1994 to 1997. Elections Officer for the Wales Green Party. Secretary of Bridgend Campaign for Democracy. Partner of Sophie, with two children.

Veronica Watkins, Political Researcher working for Kirsty Williams AM. Born in Birmingham, 1957. Educated at Aston University and Birmingham University. Has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Biochemical Engineering. Formerly a Teacher of Physics, Biology and Information Technology. Joined the Liberal Party in 1986. Agent for Torfaen Liberal Democrats in the 1997 general election. Member of the Wales Liberal Democrat Executive. Chair of the Wales Liberal Democrat Finance Committee. Chair of South Wales East Liberal Democrats. Contested Newport West in the National Assembly for Wales election in 1999, and in the general election in 2001. Formerly Constituency Manager for Mike German AM. Divorced, with 3 children.

Brent East

Jiten Bardwaj, computer professional. Born 1937 in India. Educated at Sanawar School. Formerly a Gurkha and electrical technician for the University of Hertfordshire. Contested Luton, East in the February 1974 and 1979 general elections, Mitcham and Morden in the June 1982 byelection, Darlington in the March 1983 byelection, and Chesterfield in the March 1984 byelection. Divorced.

Aaron Barschak, comedian. Born 1966 in Marylebone. Educated at the City of London School and the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of Theatre, New York. Formerly worked for the family property development business, as an importer of pop music in Bolivia, and as a removal man and waiter. Single.

Brian Butterworth, local government worker. Secretary of Unison Brent Council Branch. Convenor of Brent and Harrow Socialist Alliance. Agent for Brent and Harrow London Socialist Alliance candidate in the 2000 elections to the Greater London Authority, and for the Socialist Alliance candidate in Brent South in the 2001 general election. Chair of Brent Stop the War Coalition. Member of the Socialist Alliance Appeals Panel from 2003.

Iris Cremer is Secretary of Ealing Southall Constituency Socialist Labour Party and a member of the Stalin Society. Contested Brent East in the 2001 general election, and West of Scotland region in the 2003 Scottish Parliament elections. Married.

Robert Evans, Teacher. Born 23rd October 1956. Educated at the County School, Ashford, Shoreditch College of Education, and the University of London Institute of Education. Headteacher of Crane Junior School, Hanworth from 1990 to 1994. Contested East Berkshire in the 1987 general election. Chair of Chertsey and Walton Constituency Labour Party from 1987 to 1989. Member of the National Executive Committee of the Socialist Educational Association since 1988. Contested London South and Surrey East in the 1989 European Parliament Elections. Contested Uxbridge in the 1992 general election. Member of the European Parliament for London North West from 1994 to 1999, and for London from 1999. Member of the National Union of Teachers, the Fabian Society and the Co-operative Party. Single.

Uma Fernandes, Community Nurse. Born 1948 in Goa. Member of Brent Borough Council from 1994. Conservative Party spokesman on Social Services on Brent Borough Council. Contested Tottenham in the 2001 general election. Married to Christie Fernandes with three children.

Brian Hall, licensed London taxi driver. Born 1951. Formerly worked as a courier, dustman and a baker. Contested Enfield North in the 2001 general election. Contested Enfield Borough Council in the 2002 elections. Chairman of UK Independence Party Enfield and Haringey branch. Member of the Advisory Committee for Frank Maloney, UK Independence Party prospective Mayoral candidate. Member of the London Cab Drivers Club. Married with two children.

Alan Hope, landlord of the Golden Lion public house in Ashburton, Devon. Born 1942. Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party since 1999. Formerly an Ashburton Town Councillor. Former Mayor of Ashburton. Contested Teignbridge in the 1992 general election, Eddisbury in the July 1999 byelection, Kensington and Chelsea in the November 1999 byelection, and Aldershot in the 2001 general election.

Fawzi Ibrahim, College Lecturer. Born 1942 in Iraq. Left Iraq in 1958 after the Baathist revolution. Lived in the UK since 1970. Author of several books on electronics subjects. Senior Lecturer in Electronics Engineering at the College of North West London. Member of the National Executive of the National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education since the 1980s. Contested the General Secretaryship of NATFHE in 1997. National Hon. Treasurer of NATFHE. Married to Valerie with three children.

Harold Immanuel, Solicitor (Sole Practitioner with Immanuel & Co., London). Born 1952. Educated at London University (Economics) and Manchester University (Government) Formerly a teacher. Admitted as a Solicitor in 1990. Joined the Labour Party in 1976. Automatically expelled from the Labour Party on nomination as a candidate in September 2003.

Noel Lynch, auctioneer and publisher. Born 20th January 1947 in Limerick, Ireland. Educated at Kilmallock National School, Charleville Secondary School, and University College Cork. Contested West Limerick as a non-party candidate in the 1969 Republic of Ireland General Election. Moved to London in 1986. Founder of 'London Green News' and 'The Archer' (a community newspaper in London N2). Co-ordinator for the London Federation of Green Parties. Formerly a volunteer worker for 'No-Euro'. Voluntary Adviser at the East Finchley Advice Centre. Member of the Administration Committee of the Finchley Society. Member of the London Assembly (London Member) since 2nd May 2003. Divorced.

Kelly McBride, homemaker. Born 1970. Three children.

Winston McKenzie, Gospel singer and charity fundraiser. Born 23rd October 1956 in Jamaica. Educated at Portland Road Secondary School, Croydon. Formerly a light-welterweight boxer ranked twelfth in the United Kingdom. Has worked as a Car Mechanic, Store Manager, Hygiene Manager, Hairdresser and Sales Coordinator. Fundraiser for UNICEF. Executive Member of Croydon Playing Fields Association. Treasurer of Croydon Boys Club. Member of the board of Croydon Sports Partnership. Formerly a columnist for the Croydon Guardian. Ran the McKenzie Bar and Grill at Thornton Heath from 2001 to 2002. Formerly a member of the Liberal Democrats.

Sarah Teather, scientific adviser. Born 1st June 1974 in North London. Educated at St. John's College, Cambridge University (Pharmacology). Previously a medical editor and freelance writer for medical journals. Policy Analyst for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Joined the Liberal Democrats in 1993. Member of the Liberal Democrat Federal Policy Committee. Adviser to Dr. Evan Harris when Liberal Democrat Science spokesman. Contested Finchley and Golders Green in the 2001 general election. Member of Islington Borough Council since 2002. Deputy Executive Member for Sustainability for Islington Borough Council. Prospective Greater London Assembly candidate for North East London for 2004. Single.

Neil Walsh, postman. Section Secretary of the Communication Workers Union, London North Western Counter and Clerical Services branch (10/6).

George Weiss, record producer and broadcaster. Born 1940. Worked for the family jewellery business until he "dropped out" in 1976. Founder of the Captain Rainbow's Universal Party, later renamed the Rainbow Connection. Contested Enfield Southgate in the December 1984 byelection, and all four Belfast seats in the 2001 general election.


Birmingham Hodge Hill

Liam Byrne, Strategy and Business Development Director for e-Government Solutions Group. Born 1970. Educated at Manchester University. Member of National Organisation of Labour Students Executive. Formerly business consultant for Andersen Consulting. Seconded to the Labour Party in 1996 as Business Relations Manager for Tony Blair. Banker for NM Rothschild. Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Business School to study for an MBA. Contested Stechford and Yardley North in the 2004 Birmingham City Council election. Associate Fellow of the Social Market Foundation. Married with three children.

Nicola Davies, Community Affairs Officer for the Mobile Phone Operators Association. Born 21st August 1973. Educated at Solihull Sixth Form College and University of Wales, Swansea. Formerly a Teacher and Research Assistant to Richard Livsey and Lembit Opik. Contested Birmingham Edgbaston in the 2001 general election. Single.

Stephen Eyre, Barrister. Born 17th October 1957. Educated at Solihull School and New College, Oxford. Member of Solihull Borough Council from 1983 to 1995. Contested Birmingham Hodge Hill in the 1987 election, Strangford in 1992, and Stourbridge in 2001. Member of Birmingham Diocesan Council of the Church of England. Married.

Rev. George Hargreaves, Pastor of the Hephzibah Christian Centre, Hackney. Born with the name George Jackman, 1958. Educated at Woolverstone Hall School and Oxford University. Former songwriter and record producer. Contested Walthamstow for the Referendum Party in 1997. A member of the Christian People's Alliance. Founder of Operation Christian Vote in 2004. Top of the Operation Christian Vote list in Scotland in the 2004 European Parliament elections. Married.

John Rees, writer and activist. Author of "Socialism and the World" and "Marxism and Neo-Imperialism". Member of the Socialist Workers Party. Editor-in-Chief, "International Socialism". Member of the Socialist Workers Party Central Committee. Co-founder, Stop the War Coalition, 2001. National Secretary of Respect, the Unity Coalition from 2004. Top of the Respect list in the West Midlands region in the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Jim Starkey, Former Army Officer. Born 1956. Organiser for Bicester National Front. Organised National Front campaign against accomodation centre for asylum seekers in Bicester. Contested Bicester West ward, Cherwell District Council 2003 and 2004.

Mark Wheatley was second on the English Democrats Party list in the North West region in the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Leicester South

Jiten Bardwaj, computer professional. Born 1937 in India. Educated at Sanawar School. Formerly a Gurkha and electrical technician for the University of Hertfordshire. Contested Luton, East in the February 1974 and 1979 general elections, Mitcham and Morden in the June 1982 byelection, Darlington in the March 1983 byelection, Chesterfield in the March 1984 byelection, and Brent East in the September 2003 byelection. Divorced.

Alan Barrett fought Leicester in the European Parliament elections of 1984 and 1989. He lodged an unsuccessful petition against the 1984 election on the basis of the publicity for a term of imprisonment which he claimed had been imposed wrongly.

Mark Benson, Building Services Engineer. Educated at Wyggeston Boys' Grammar School, Leicester, and Heriot-Watt University. Formerly a member of the Conservative Party. Vice-Chairman of Feltham and Heston Conservative Association. Contested Feltham Central in the 1990 Hounslow Borough Council election. Contested Edinburgh, Central at the 1997 general election as an Independent Democrat. Contested Coventry, North West at the 2001 general election for the UK Independence Party. Divorced with one daughter.

Parmjit Singh Gill, Information Manager and Security Consultant. Born 1967 in Leicester. Joined the Liberal Democrats in 1994. Contested Leicester, South in the 2001 general election. Councillor for Stoneygate Ward, Leicester City Council since 2003. Executive Member for Social Care. Chairman of Leicester Liberal Democrats.

Chris Heaton-Harris, Member of the European Parliament. Born 28th November 1967. Educated at Tiffin Grammar School for Boys, Kingston-upon-Thames, and Wolverhampton Polytechnic. Worked for What4 Ltd (wholesale produce). Contestested Leicester, South in the 1997 general election. Member of the European Parliament for East Midlands region since 1999. Founder of the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform in Brussels. Married to Jayne Carlow with two daughters.

Pat Kennedy, Sales Manager for a Precision Engineering company. Born 1956. Founder of 'Save Our Schools'. Married to Sharon, with two daughters and one son.

Paul Lord is fighting his first election campaign.

Yvonne Ridley, journalist. Born 1958 in Stanley, Co. Durham. Educated at the London College of Printing. Worked for the Stanley News, Northern Echo, Wales on Sunday, Sunday Times and the Observer. Chief Reporter for the Sunday Express until 2003. Detained while working in Afghanistan on 28th September 2001 and held as a prisoner for ten days. Converted to Islam in August 2003. Founder member of Respect in 2004. Top of the Respect list for the North East region in the 2004 European Parliament elections.

Dave Roberts, East Midlands Regional Secretary of the Indian Workers Association. Contested Leicester, South at the 1983 general election as the candidate of the Workers Party. Joined the Socialist Labour Party in 1996. Member of the National Executive Committee of the Socialist Labour Party. Contested Leicester, West in the 1997 general election and Leicester, South in 2001. Contested Rushey Mead ward in the Leicester City Council elections of 2003.

R.U. Seerius, bus driver, was born with the name Jon Brewer. Official Monster Raving Loony Party Shadow Minister for Uncommitted Manifesto Commitments. Contested Erewash in the 2001 general election. Played banjo in the band Shamus O'Blivion.

Sir Peter Soulsby, Vice-Chairman of British Waterways. Born 27th December 1948 in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. Educated at Minchenden Grammar School in Southgate, and City of Leicester College of Education (B.Ed.). Worked as a Teacher in Special Needs schools. Member of Leicester City Council from 1973 to 2003. Leader of the Council from 1981 to 1994 and 1995 to 1999. Member of the Audit Commission from 1994. Chairman of Leicester City Challenge from 1994 to 1998. Alternate Member of the EU Committee of the Regions from 1994 to 2003. Member of the Board of British Waterways since 1998 and Vice-Chairman since 2000. Knighted for services to Leicester and Local Government in 1999.

Hartlepool

Ed Abrams, works in the information technology industry. Born 1970. Lives in Chester. Contested the European Parliament election of 2004 in the North West region (7th on the EDP list). Married with three children.

Stephen Allison, management consultant. Born 1960. Formerly a member of the Labour Party. Joined the Conservative Party. Agent for Gus Robinson, Conservative candidate for Hartlepool in the 2001 general election. Member of Hartlepool Borough Council for St. Hilda ward 2002-2004 as an Independent. Joined the UK Independence Party in August 2004. Married with a son and a daughter.

Philip Berriman, businessman. Born 1958. Proprietor of the ‘Cornish Maiden’, a floating off-licence in international waters off Hartlepool. Acquitted in 1995 of smuggling 3.7 tonnes of cannabis from North Africa to Cornwall when it was accepted he made the trip under duress.

John Bloom, care worker with people with learning difficulties. Born 1965 in Hartlepool. Formerly a member of the Labour Party and served on the General Committee of Hartlepool CLP. Co-ordinator for Nuclear Free Future. Organised the Save Our Hospital campaign. Married to Katherine with two daughters.

Ronnie Carroll, singer and entertainer. Born 18th August 1934 under the name Ronald Cleghorn. Sang the British entry in the 1962 Eurovision Song Contest. Contested Hampstead and Highgate in the 1997 General election and the Uxbridge byelection of July 1997.

Jody Dunn, barrister specialising in family law with Amicus Chambers. Born 27th July 1969. Educated at City of London School for Girls, Woodhouse Sixth Form College, St. Andrews University, City University (Common Professional Examination in Law), and the Inns of Court School of Law. Formerly a disc jockey and radio presenter. Worked as a Barrister for the European Parliament. Finallist in the Worlds Debating Championships in 1996. Author of books on coping with divorce. Married with 2 sons and two daughters.

Chris Herriot, Community Education Manager. Born 1959. Formerly a miner, but was sacked during the National Union of Mineworkers strike of 1984-85. Founding President of the Socialist Labour Party in Scotland. A Unison branch officer. Contested Motherwell and Wishaw in the 1997 general election, Paisley South in the November 1997 byelection and the 1999 Scottish Parliament election, Airdrie and Shotts in the 2001 general election, and Ogmore in the February 2002 byelection. Partner of Sue, with three children.

Alan Hope, landlord of the Dog and Partridge public house in Yateley, Hampshire. Born 1942. Leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party since 1999. Formerly an Ashburton Town Councillor. Former Mayor of Ashburton. Contested Teignbridge in the 1992 general election, Eddisbury in the July 1999 byelection, Kensington and Chelsea in the November 1999 byelection, Aldershot in the 2001 general election, and Brent East in the September 2003 byelection.

Jeremy Middleton, Director of HomeServe plc. Born 19th November 1960. Educated at Tettenhall College and Kent University. Formerly a Director of several companies in the North East. Contested Newcastle-upon-Tyne East and Wallsend in the 1997 general election. Contested Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council in November 1997, May 1998, March 1999, May 1999, and June 2004. Contested the European Parliament election of 2004 in the North East region (2nd on the Conservative list). Deputy Chairman of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Conservative Federation. Married with three children.

Rev. Dick Rodgers, former Orthopaedic surgeon at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital. Born 1946. Anglican Assistant Clergyman. Co-ordinated several campaigns for the release of prisoners of conscience in the USSR. Contested the European Parliament election of 2004 as an Independent candidate in the West Midlands region. Married to Sue with two sons.

Iris Ryder, community fundraiser. Born 1955 in Hartlepool. Resident representative of Seaton Carew on the South Neighbourhood Forum for Hartlepool Borough Council. Active campaigner against the scrapping of former US Navy ships in Hartlepool.

Jim Starkey, Former Army Officer. Born 1956. Organiser for Bicester National Front. Organised National Front campaign against accomodation centre for asylum seekers in Bicester. Contested Bicester West ward, Cherwell District Council 2003 and 2004. Contested the Birmingham Hodge Hill byelection of July 2004.

Paul Watson, manager of a sports centre. Born 1969. North East Co-ordinator for Fathers 4 Justice. Local organiser for Network against the Child Support Agency. Divorced with two daughters.

Iain Wright, Chartered Accountant, working for One NorthEast. Born 1972 in Hartlepool. Educated at Manor Comprehensive School in Hartlepool. Member of Hartlepool Borough Council for Rift House ward from 2002. Cabinet Member for Performance Management. Member of the GMB. Member of the North East Regional Board of the Labour Party. Married to Tiffiny with three children.