THE General Election campaign will be ramping up over the coming weeks ahead of the pre-Christmas vote.

Two seats in the town will be up for grabs on December 12, Warrington North and Warrington South.

The latter is a key battleground – by far the more volatile constituency.

Since 1997, with the exception of two elections, the marginal seat has been won by the party which secured the biggest number of seats.

These occasions came in 1992 when Labour’s Mike Hall won it and in 2017 when Labour’s Faisal Rashid snatched it from former Tory health minister David Mowat.

The latter is a defeat the Conservatives will be hoping to avenge in six weeks.

The picture for Warrington South is a stark contrast to Warrington North, historically a safe seat for Labour.

However, the party’s Helen Jones is retiring following 22 years as MP in the constituency.

And it is worth noting Labour’s majority has been cut dramatically between 1997 to 2017 – from 19,527 to 9,582.

But with the issue of Brexit set to sway voters, it will certainly be an interesting seat to watch.

The UK’s scheduled departure from the EU is expected to dominate who residents opt to back on polling day, but local issues will also play a part.

Here are the confirmed candidates in each constituency so far:


Labour – Faisal Rashid

Conservative – Andy Carter

Liberal Democrat – Ryan Bate

Brexit Party – Clare Aspinall

SDP - Kevin Hickson


Labour – Charlotte Nichols

Conservative – Wendy Maisey

Liberal Democrat – David Crowther

Brexit Party – Elizabeth Babade

Green Party – Lindsay McAteer