RESULTS OF BYELECTIONS TO THE
54th 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%).











CHEADLE [119]

(Death of Mrs. Patricia Calton on 29th May 2005)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2005
(14/7)
68,05155.2
M.J. Hunter
S.R. Day
M. Miller
L. Leggett
J.W. Allman
L Dem
C
Lab
VP
Ind
19,593
15,936
1,739
218
81
3,657


*
*
*
52.2
42.4
4.6
0.6
0.2
9.8
+3.3
+2.0
-4.2
Note:-
2005
(14/7):
Allman sought election as a Suffering Little Children candidate. He was sponsored by Alliance for Change.

FALKIRK and WEST LOTHIAN, LIVINGSTON [680]

(Death of Rt. Hon. Robert Finlayson Cook on 6th August 2005)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2005
(29/9)
76,37638.6
J. Devine
Mrs. A. Constance
C.C. Dundas
G.J. Lindhurst
D.G. Robertson
S.G. Nimmo
O. Adams
M. Brown
J.W. Allman
B. Gardner
Lab
SNP
L Dem
C
SGP
SSP
UKIP
Ind
Ind
SPGB
12,319
9,639
4,362
1,993
529
407
108
55
33
32
2,680




*
*
*
*
*
*
41.8
32.7
14.8
6.8
1.8
1.4
0.3
0.2
0.1
0.1
9.1
-9.3
+11.1
-0.6
-3.4

-0.4
Note:-
2005
(29/9):
Allman was sponsored by Alliance for Change.

FIFE, DUNFERMLINE and WEST FIFE [681]

(Death of Mrs. Rachel Anne Squire on 5th January 2006)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2006
(9/2)
72,22547.9
W. Rennie
Mrs. C.D. Stihler
D.G. Chapman
Mrs. C.H. Ruxton
J. McAllion
Rev. J.G. Hargreaves
T.J. Minogue
I.C. Borland
Rev. Dr. R.T.B. Rodgers
L Dem
Lab
SNP
C
SSP
SCP
Ind
UKIP
Ind
12,391
10,591
7,261
2,702
537
411
374
208
103
1,800




*
*
*
*
*
35.8
30.6
21.0
7.8
1.6
1.2
1.1
0.6
0.3
5.2
+15.7
-16.8
+2.1
-2.5
-0.1


-0.9
Notes:-
2006
(9/2):
Minogue was the candidate of the 'Abolish Forth Bridge Tolls Party' which he had formed.

Rodgers sought election as a 'Common Good' candidate.

BROMLEY, BROMLEY and CHISLEHURST [15]

(Death of Rt. Hon. Michael Eric Forth on 17th May 2006)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2006
(29/6)
72,20640.2
R.J.M. Neill
B.P. Abbotts
N.P. Farage
Miss R.J. Reeves
Mrs. A.C. Garrett
P. Winnett
J.S.C.D. Hemming-Clark
S.T. Uncles
J.S. Cartwright
N.A. Hadziannis
Mrs. A.E.J. Belsey
C
L Dem
UKIP
Lab
GP
NF
Ind C
EDP
MRLP
Ind
Ind
11,621
10,988
2,347
1,925
811
476
442
212
132
65
33
633




*
*
*
*
*
*
*
40.0
37.8
8.1
6.6
2.8
1.6
1.5
0.7
0.5
0.2
0.1
2.2
-11.1
+17.5
+4.9
-15.6
-0.4
Note:-
2006
(9/2):
Belsey was the candidate of the 'Money Reform Party' which she had formed.

GWENT, BLAENAU GWENT [558]

(Death of Peter John Law on 25th April 2006)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2006
(29/6)
52,90051.4
D.C. Davies
O. Smith
S. Lewis
Miss A.E. Kitcher
Mrs. M.A. Williams
A. Hope
Ind
Lab
PC
L Dem
C
MRLP
12,543
10,059
1,755
1,477
1,013
318
2,484




*
*
46.2
37.0
6.5
5.4
3.7
1.2
9.8
-12.0
+4.7
+4.1
+1.1
+1.4
Note:-
2006
(29/6):
Davies was sponsored by People's Voice, an organisation set up by supporters of Peter Law following his election as an Independent candidate in 2005.

EALING, EALING SOUTHALL [27]

(Death of Piara Singh Khabra on 19th June 2007)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2007
(19/7)
85,42342.9
V.K. Sharma
N. Bakhai
S.S. Lit
Mrs. S.J. Edwards
S.S. Dhillon
Dr. K.T. Rajan
Y. Masih
Dr. J.S. Rai
J.S. Cartwright
S.S. Chaggar
Dr. G. Singh
K.S. Grewal
Lab
L Dem
C
GP
RU
UKIP
Ch P
Ind
MRLP
EDP
Ind C
Ind Lab
15,189
10,118
8,230
1,135
588
285
280
275
188
152
92
87
5,071



*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
41.5
27.6
22.5
3.1
1.6
0.8
0.8
0.8
0.5
0.4
0.3
0.2
13.9
-7.3
+3.2
+0.9
-1.5
Notes:-
2007
(19/7):
Rai was Director of the Sikh Human Rights Group. He was the nominee of a group of within the constituency who sought a candidate who was a Sikh and wore a turban.

Singh withdrew from the election on 9 July and endorsed Lit.

Grewal withdrew from the election on 9 July and endorsed Sharma.

DURHAM, SEDGEFIELD [329]

(Resignation of Rt. Hon. Anthony Charles Lynton Blair on 27th June 2007)
ElectionElectorsT'out
CandidatePartyVotes
%Ch.%
2007
(19/7)
67,33941.6
P. Wilson
G.M. Stone
G.M. Robb
A. Spence
P. Gittins
G.T.A.W. Horton
C.M. Haine
S.P. Gash
T.D. Grainger
A. Hope
N. Scarth
Lab
L Dem
C
BNP
Ind
UKIP
GP
EDP
Ch P
MRLP
Ind
12,528
5,572
4,082
2,494
1,885
536
348
177
177
147
34
6,956





*
*
*
*
*
*
44.8
19.9
14.6
8.9
6.7
1.9
1.2
0.6
0.6
0.5
0.1
24.9
-14.1
+8.0
+0.2


+0.3
Note:-
2007
(19/7):
Scarth sought election as the candidate of the 'Anti-Crime Party' which he had formed. He sought election in order to remove corruption in the legal profession.

Candidates’ Biographies

Cheadle

John Allman, Convenor of Alliance for Change. Born 1953. Contested Harrogate and Knaresborough in the 2005 general election.

Stephen Day, business consultant and founder of DVD Public Affairs. Born 30th October 1948. Educated at Otley Secondary Modern School, Park Lane College of Further Education and Leeds Polytechnic. Formerly a sales clerk and sales executive. Member of Otley Town Council from 1975 to 1976 and 1979 to 1983. Member of Leeds City Council from 1975 to 1980. Contested Bradford West in the 1983 general election. MP for Cheadle from 1987 to 2001. Sponsored a private members’ bill to require children to wear rear seat belts. Opposition Whip from 1997 to 2001. Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch from 1996 to 1997.

Mark Hunter, full time councillor as Leader of Stockport Borough Council. Born 25th July 1957. Educated at Audenshaw Grammar School for Boys. Formerly a marketing executive for the Guardian Media Group. Member of Stockport Borough Council since 1996. Former Chair of Education on Stockport Borough Council. Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Regeneration from 2001 to 2002. Leader of the Council from 2002. Member of the North West Regional Authority. Member of the Liberal Democrat executive, Local Government Association.

Leslie Leggett, retired Police Sergeant. Born 1956. Formerly a member of the Conservative Party. Member of Stockport Borough Council from 2002 to 2005.

Martin Miller, official of the Church of England in the Manchester diocese. Born in Glasgow, 1965. Member of Stockport Borough Council from 1996 to 2004. Contested Cheadle at the 2005 general election.


Livingston

Peter Adams, officer for the Royal Institute for the Blind in Scotland. Born 1948. Former army officer in the Royal Engineers, rising to the rank of Captain. Administration officer for the Territorial Army in Livingston.

John Allman, Convenor of Alliance for Change. Born 1953. Contested Harrogate and Knaresborough in the 2005 general election and Cheadle in the July 2005 byelection.

Mev Brown, project manager for the Cowgate Centre for the homeless. Born 1961. Educated at Napier University. Formerly a computer expert for Ferranti Defence Systems; later a recruitment consultant. Joined the Conservative Party 2004. Contested Edinburgh East in the 2005 general election. Resigned from the Conservative Party in June 2005.

Angela Constance, social worker and mental health officer. Born 15th July 1970 in Blackburn. Educated at Glasgow University and Stirling University. Member of West Lothian Council since 1997. SNP group spokesperson on Children’s services and lifelong learning on West Lothian council. Contested Livingston in the 2005 United Kingdom general election. Married.

Jim Devine, Scottish Organiser for Unison. Born 24th May 1953. Formerly a psychiatric nurse. Agent for Livingston Constituency Labour Party since 1982. Chair of the Scottish Labour Party from 1994 to 1995.

Charles Dundas, assistant to Iain Smith MSP. Born 19th July 1978. Educated at Whitburn Academy and the University of Glasgow. Formerly an accountant. Joined the Liberal Democrats in 1995. Contested West Lothian Council in 1999, Glasgow City Council byelection in 2002 and Glasgow City Council full election in 2003. Contested Glasgow Springburn in the 2003 Scottish Parliament elections. Contested Glasgow Bailieston in the 2001 general election and Livingston in the 2005 general election. Agent for North East Fife Liberal Democrats in the 2005 general election.

Brian Gardner, contested the 1999 elections to the Scottish Parliament as third on the SPGB list for the Lothians region.

Gordon Lindhurst, Advocate. Born 1967. Educated at Edinburgh University. Formerly a teacher of English as a foreign language in Germany. Contested Linlithgow in the 1999 and 2003 Scottish Parliament elections, and in the 2001 general election.

Steven Nimmo, organiser for the Scottish Socialist Party in Lothians. Born 1978 in Torphichen. Educated at Bathgate Academy and Borders college. Formerly worked for Grampian Country Foods and at St. John’s Hospital. Contested West Lothian council election in 2003. Contested Linlithgow in the Scottish Parliament election of 2003. Contested Livingston in the 2005 United Kingdom general election.

David Robertson, National Alliance Co-ordinator for Action on Smoking and Health Scotland. Born 1959. Former biology teacher. Co-convenor of Falkirk and West Lothian Scottish Green Party.

Dunfermline and West Fife

Ian Borland, Insurance Broker. Born 1947 at Elderslie, Renfrewshire. Educated at Broughton Secondary High School, Edinburgh. Worked in the Insurance industry from 1965. Established his own insurance brokerage in 1992. Contested Dunfermline and West Fife in the 2005 general election.

Douglas Chapman, Parliamentary Assistant to Bruce Crawford MSP. Formerly a businessman with TSB Scotland, Fife Enterprise and the Gleneagles Hotel. Former Convenor and Press Officer for Dunfermline West SNP. Fife Councillor from 1997 to 1999. Contested Dunfermline West in the 1999 Scottish Parliament election. Contested Dunfermline and West Fife in the 2005 general election. Married with a son and daughter.

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. Contested Birmingham Hodge Hill in the 2004 byelection and Na h-Eileanan an Iar in the 2005 general election. Married.

John McAllion, born 13th February 1948. Educated at St Augustine’s Secondary School in Glasgow and St. Andrew’s University. Formerly a school teacher at St Saviour’s High School, Dundee and Balgowan School. Research Assistant for Bob McTaggart MP from 1982 to 1986. Tayside Regional Councillor for the Labour Party from 1984 to 1987 and Convenor of the Council from 1986 to 1987. Labour MP for Dundee East from 1987 to 2001. Opposition front bench spokesman on Scotland from 1994 to 1996. Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dundee East from 1999 to 2003. Resigned from the Labour Party and joined the Scottish Socialist Party in October 2003. Married with two sons.

Tom Minogue, retired businessman. Born 1944. Former craft apprentice at Rosyth Dockyard. Served in the Merchant Navy. Set up his own business, Kingdom Engineering (Fife) Ltd in 1978. Retired in 2003. Established a Scottish branch of the National Alliance Against Tolls in 2004. Established the Abolish Forth Bridge Tolls Party in 2006.

Willie Rennie, Account Director for a communications firm. Born in Fife. Born 27th September 1967. Educated in Strathmiglo and Paisley University. Convenor of the Scottish Young Liberal Democrats. Campaigns Officer for the Liberal Democrats in Devon and Cornwall. Agent for North Cornwall Liberal Democrats. Chief Executive of the Scottish Liberal Democrats from 1997 to 2001. Organiser of the 1999 Scottish Liberal Democrat election campaign. Chief of Staff for the Liberal Democrats at the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2001. Adviser to the Fife Council Liberal Democrat group. Married to Janet with two sons.

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. Contested Hartlepool byelection, 2004 and Birmingham Northfield in the 2005 general election. Married to Sue with two sons.

Carrie Ruxton, nutrition consultant. Born 1967 in St Andrews. Educated at Queen Margaret University College. Formerly managed the UK sugar industry's research portfolio. Lecturer at the University of Westminster. Contested Dunfermline East in the 1999 Scottish Parliament election and Northavon in the 2001 general election. Married.

Catherine Stihler, MEP for Scotland. Born 30th July 1973 in Bellshill, Lanarkshire. Educated at Coltness High School and the University of St Andrews. Member of the Scottish Executive Committee of the Labour Party from 1993 to 1995. Young Labour delegate to the Labour Party National Executive from 1995 to 1997. Contested Angus in the 1997 general election. Assistant to Anne Begg MP from 1997 to 1999. MEP for Scotland since 1999. Married.


Bromley and Chislehurst

Ben Abbotts, public affairs consultant. Born 22nd September 1975 in the north-west of England. Educated at the University of Bristol. Partner, LLM Communications since 2004. Formerly political researcher for ‘A Week in Politics’. Political consultant for Weber Shandwick/GJW, and at Edelman Worldwide. Campaign manager for Canterbury Liberal Democrats. Assistant to the Leader of Canterbury City Council. Contested Sevenoaks in the 2005 general election. Councillor for Clock House ward, Bromley Borough Council, since May 2006.

Anne Belsey, self-employed maker of bespoke historical uniforms. Contested Abbey ward, Swale Borough Council, 2006. Member of the Sealed Knot Society.

John Cartwright, born 1969. Educated at Trinity School, Shirley, and London University. Formed the Chocolate Fudge-Cake Party in 1993. Joined the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in 1996. A member of the Liberal Party from 1999 to 2001. Member of the Electoral Reform Society, Monarchist League, Stonewall. Contested Croydon borough council full elections in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, and byelections in September 1995, October 1996, July 1997, July 1998, May 2000, June 2004, June 2005, and December 2005. Contested Croydon Central in the 2001 and 2005 general elections.

Nigel Farage, commodity broker. Born 3rd April 1964 in Farnborough, Kent. Educated at Dulwich College. Worked for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Credit Lyonnaise Rouse Ltd, Refco Overseas Ltd, and Natexis Metals. Joined the UK Independence Party in 1993. Contested Eastleigh in the June 1994 byelection, Salisbury in the 1997 general election, Bexhill and Battle in the 2001 general election and South Thanet in the 2005 general election. Contested Itchen, Test and Avon in the 1994 European Parliament elections. Member of the European Parliament for South East England since 1999.

Ann Garrett, drama teacher. Born 1942. Educated at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Former actress. Founder member of Theatre in Education, Belgrade Theatre. Author of scripts for BBC Schools Radio. Currently working at Morley College and Greenwich University. Joined the Green Party in 1993. Contested Bromley and Chislehurst in the 2005 general election. Member of CND and the London Nuclear Trains Working Group.

Nick Hadziannis, public relations assistant. Born 1983. Educated at Darrick Wood School, Orpington College, and Westminster University. Formerly worked for a community law centre.

John Hemming-Clarke, self-employed publisher. Born 1960. Contested Chislehurst ward, Bromley Borough Council in May 2006. Editor of “The Complete Guide to Finance for Business”. Chairman of Families Against Excessive Council Tax.

Bob Neill, barrister. Born 24th June 1952. Educated at Abbs Cross School and the London School of Economics. Called to the Bar (Middle Temple) 1975. Called to the Irish Bar (King’s Inn) 1992. Member of Havering Borough Council from 1974 to 1990. Contested Dagenham in the 1983 and 1987 general elections. Member of the Greater London Council for Romford from 1985 to 1986. Leader of the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority from 1985 to 1987. Chairman of the Greater London Conservative Political Centre from 1990 to 1993. Deputy Chairman of Greater London Area Union of Conservative and Unionist Associations from 1993 to 1996 and Chairman from 1996 to 1998. Regional Chairman of Greater London Conservatives from 1996 to 1999. Member of the Greater London Assembly for Bexley and Bromley since 2000. Leader of the Conservative Group from 2000 to 2002 and since 2004.

Rachel Reeves, economist. Born 1979. Educated at Cator Park School, New College, Oxford University, and the London School of Economics. Currently working for the Bank of England. Formerly worked for HM Treasury and at the British Embassy in Washington DC. Joined the Labour Party in 1996. Contested Bromley and Chislehurst in the 2005 general election.

Steven Uncles, interim manager. Born 1964. Educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. Small businessman working in the health care and IT sectors. Joined the English Democrats Party in 2003. Contested the 2004 elections to the European Parliament as 1st on the EDP list. Member of the EDP National Council.

Paul Winnett, contested North Southwark and Bermondsey in the 2005 general election.

Blaenau Gwent

Dai Davies, electrician. Born 26th November 1959. Former trade union convenor and works council secretary at Corus Ebbw Vale steelworks. Joined the Labour Party in 1975. Secretary for Blaenau Gwent Constituency Labour Party. Expelled in 2005. Agent for Peter Law at the 2005 general election and subsequently Parliamentary Assistant.

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, Brent East in the September 2003 byelection, and Hartlepool in the September 2004 byelection.

Amy Kitcher, assistant Regional Manager for Mike German AM. Born 1981 in Merthyr. Educated at Aston University and the University of Sussex. Formerly worked in the retail trade.

Steffan Lewis, student. Born 1985. Educated at Cardiff University.

Owen Smith, government relations consultant. Born 1970. Formerly a BBC journalist. Currently Head of Government Relations for Pfizer. Special Adviser to Paul Murphy as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and for Wales.

Margrit Williams, researcher and caseworker for Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP. Born 9th May 1964. Educated at Southend High School for Girls, Queen’s School in Rheindalen, and London Guildhall University. Trained as a financial adviser. Formerly worked as a global investment strategist. Member of Wandsworth Borough Council for Furzedown Ward from 1990 to 1994. Contested Blaenau Gwent in the 1997 and 2005 general elections.


Ealing Southall

Nigel Bakhai, equipment demand planner for Xerox. Born 2nd July 1971 in Shoreham. Educated at Brighton College, Bradford University (BSc in Social Sciences), and Nottingham University (MA in International Relations). Former vice chair of Ethnic Minority Liberal Democrats. Chair of the Hanwell Steering Group and Elthorne Safer Neighbourhood Focus Group. Vice chair of Greenfield Children's Centre. Contested Ealing Common ward, Ealing Borough Council, 2002. Contested Ealing Southall in the 2005 general election.

John Cartwright, born 1968. Educated at Trinity School, Shirley, and Royal Holloway College, London University. Formed the Chocolate Fudge-Cake Party in 1993. Joined the Official Monster Raving Loony Party in 1996. A member of the Liberal Party from 1999 to 2001. Member of the Electoral Reform Society, Monarchist League, Stonewall. Contested Croydon borough council full elections in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006, and byelections in September 1995, October 1996, July 1997, July 1998, May 2000, June 2004, June 2005, December 2005, and February 2007. Contested Croydon Central in the 2001 and 2005 general elections, and Bromley and Chislehurst in the June 2006 byelection. Single.

Sati Chaggar, managing director of Body Lines Repairs Ltd. Born 1961 in Nairobi. Moved to England in 1965. Selected as English Democrats candidate for Ealing and Hillingdon for the London Assembly election of 2008.

Salvinder Dhillon, teacher of information and communication technology. Member of the Indian Workers Association. Project manager for The Asian Health Agency. Contested Ealing Southall as an Independent in 2001. Contested Ealing and Hillingdon in the 2004 London Assembly election. Contested Southall Green in the 2006 Ealing Borough Council election.

Sarah Edwards, charity worker in the national office of Victim Support. Born 1956. Founder member of the Full Circle recycling co-operative. Co-ordinator for a local Friends of the Earth group. Contested Walpole ward in the Ealing Borough Council elections of 2002 and 2006. Contested Ealing and Hillingdon in the 2004 London Assembly election. Contested Ealing Southall in the 2005 general election. Married.

Kuldeep Singh Grewal is a member of the Ealing Southall Constituency Labour Party in Southall Broadway ward. He declared his candidacy over on 9th July 2007 and endorsed Virendra Sharma.

Tony Lit, Managing Director of Sunrise Radio. Born 1972. Retail assistant for Next 1990-91, and model for Harvey Nichols and Harrods; branch manager, Burton Group 1991-93; store manager, Moss Bros from 1994. General Manager of Moss Bros, Regent Street from 1995. Commercial Director of Sunrise Radio from 1998; Managing Director from 2003. Asian bid ambassador for London 2012 Olympics bid in 2005.

Yaqub Masih, General Secretary of UK Asian Christian Fellowship. Advisor to the Bishop of Wakefield on the diocesan link with the diocese of Faisalabad, Pakistan. Presenter of religious programmes on Sunrise Radio.

Dr. Jasdev Singh Rai, a medical doctor working in Kent. Born in Tanzania. Educated at Liverpool University (MBChB) and London University (Politics). Became a doctor working in the NHS in London from 1980. Founder Director of the Sikh Human Rights Group in 1985. Participant in the UN World Conference on Human Rights, 1993, the UN World Conference Against Racism, 2001, and the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002. President of the International Sikh Youth Federation. General Secretary of the British Sikh Consultative Forum.

Dr. K.T. Rajan, retired consultant physician with the NHS. Born in India. Educated at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, Welsh National School of Medicine, and King's College, Cambridge (DPhil). Formerly a member of the Liberal Democrats. Contested Rhondda in the 2003 National Assembly for Wales elections and South Wales Central in 2007. Contested Bridgend in the 2005 general election. Member of Cardiff Community Health Council.

Virendra Sharma, day services manager for people with learning disabilities employed by Hillingdon Borough Council. Born in India, 5th April 1947. Educated at the London School of Economics. Member of Ealing borough council for Dormers Wells ward from 1982 to 1998, for Walpole ward from 1998 to 2002, and for Norwood Green ward since 2002. Married with two children.

Dr. Gulbash Singh, general practitioner. Contested Southall Broadway ward, Ealing Borough Council in 2006. He declared his candidacy over on 9th July 2007 and endorsed Tony Lit.

Sedgefield

Stephen Gash, writer. Born 1952. Member of National Council, Campaign for an English Parliament. Founder of Stop Islamisation of Europe England. National membership secretary of the English Democrats. Contested Belah ward, Carlisle City Council in 2006 and 2007.

Paul Gittins, runs a mobile disco sound hire company. Born 1962. Formerly ran a greengrocery shop. Member of Great Aycliffe Town Council. Justice of the Peace on the South Durham Bench. Sedgefield Borough Councillor since 2007.

Tim Grainger, Barrister (called 2003, Middle Temple). Public policy analyst for the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship.

Chris Haine, Humanist officiant. Born 1969. Formerly a Parliamentary researcher and marketing manager working in Vienna. Ran a hotel reservation company. Educated at Northumbria University (Architecture) from 2004. Member of the National Secular Society, the Green Humanist Group, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Amnesty International. Editor of the North of England Green Party newsletter. Contested Primrose ward, South Tyneside Borough Council in 2007. Married.

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, Brent East in the September 2003 byelection, Hartlepool in the September 2004 byelection, and Blaenau Gwent in the June 2006 byelection.

Toby Horton, businessman. Born 1947. Former managing director, Radio Tees; involved in setting up radio stations in York, Huddersfield, Scarborough and Sunderland. Director of a television and audio production company and a magazine company. Contested Sedgefield in 1983 and Rother Valley in 1992. Contested Yorkshire South West in the 1989 European Parliament elections. Chairman of Richmond Conservative Association from 1996 to 1999. Resigned from the Conservative Party in December 2006 and joined the UK Independence Party. Married with four children.

Graham Robb, partner in Recognition Marketing and Public Relations. Born 7th April 1964. Educated at Hustler School, Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe School, Middlesbrough, and Longlands College of Further Education. Presenter with Radio Tees in the 1980s. Founded Graham Robb Media 1990, subsequently merging into Recognition PR in 1999. Contested Hartlepool in the 1992 general election. Regional spokesperson for the Conservative Party in the north east. Press officer to John Major and William Hague as Conservative Party leaders. Chief spokesperson for ‘North East Says No!’ in the 2004 referendum.

Norman Scarth, retired. Born January 1925. Served in the Royal Navy during World War II, surviving the sinking of a Murmansk convoy. Subsequently a farmer and horse breeder. Formerly Hon. Secretary of the Litigants in Person Society. Contested Chesterfield in the 1997 general election.

Andrew Spence, farmer of sheep, beef cattle and 200 acres of arable land at Leadgate near Consett, and haulier. Born 1967. Owner of a small haulage firm which went bankrupt during the BSE crisis. North East regional director of Farmers for Action, 2000. Organiser of the People’s Fuel Lobby in 2000. Contested Sedgefield for the UK Independence Party in 2001. Joined the British National Party in February 2007. Contested Leadgate ward, Derwentside District Council in 2007.

Greg Stone, head of Northern and Scottish office for Beyond Green, regeneration consultants. Born 30th August 1974. Educated at Fulford School, York, York Sixth Form College, and Newcastle University. Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Councillor for North Heaton ward since 2000. Former chairman of Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council Liberal Democrat group. Contested Vale of York in 2001 and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central in 2005. Executive member for Development and Regeneration on Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council from 2004 to January 2006. Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Urban Commission. Guest lecturer for Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London.

Phil Wilson, director of Fellows Associates public relations company. Born 31st May 1959. Educated at Trimdon Secondary Modern School. Former shop assistant and civil servant. Researcher for Tony Blair MP from 1987 to 1994. Membership secretary of Sedgefield Constituency Labour Party. Political Assistant to the General Secretary of the Labour Party 1994 to 1999. Public relations executive for Brunswick group. Trimdon parish councillor. Member of the TGWU section of Unite.