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General Election 2019 – Leicester East



MPs have responsibility to three main groups: their constituents, Parliament and their political party.  For their constituents this includes helping and advising on problems and acting as a figurehead for the local area.  MPs should be meeting constituents and local businesses as much as possible.  In Parliament their duties include participating in debates and voting on legislation.  Some have other roles.  MPs usually support their parties.


The following candidates will be standing in Leicester East.


  1. Bhupen Dave (Conservative)
  2. Claudia Webbe (Labour)
  3. Melanie Wakley (Green)
  4. Nitesh Dave (Liberal Democrat)
  5. Sanjay Gogia (Independent)
  6. Tara Baldwin (Brexit Party)


I asked some Evington residents what they would like their new Leicester East MP to be like.  They said they wanted this person to have: integrity, honesty, consistency, concern for the most vulnerable, purity of motive, recognised ability, mature experience and understanding that politics serves all the people, responsive to individual needs and ‘fit for the people’ not a career politician.  S/he needs to be a unifying force.


Nitesh Dave is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Leicester East.  He offers hope for a brighter future in Leicester East. He lives in the constituency and shares the concerns of residents here. He has dedicated his professional life to helping the most vulnerable in society, working as a special needs teacher. Nitesh has a strong track record in fighting to save our local libraries, children’s centres and disabled school transport. A Liberal Democrat government would stop Brexit on day one. Nitesh is proud of the Liberal Democrats’ commitments to invest in our schools, adult learning services and hospitals and the ambitious commitments to fight climate change.


Bhupen Dave is the conservative candidate for Leicester East.  He has lived in Leicester and Leicestershire for 47 years.  He is truly local.   He was a Leicester City Councillor for 13 years.  The problems that concern him are housing developments without first sorting out the infrastructure support like school places, traffic flow, GP surgeries, etc. Crime and cyclists riding on footpaths are serious problems.  If elected he will work hard to find solutions to these problems.


Claudia Webbe is the candidate for the Labour Party and will be campaigning for social justice and real change. She has been congratulated by her many supporters for being selected in her home town where she was born and raised.  She sees this election as a once in a generation opportunity to tackle the crisis in living standards, including poverty, housing and jobs. Claudia believes this election is not only about Brexit but it’s also about investing in our future, the NHS and education and tackling the climate emergency we all face. She will build on Leicester’s strong diversity towards enabling a better quality of life for all.