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General Election: What have the Sherwood Forest candidates done for the community — and why are they standing to become MP?

Ahead of voters going to the polls tomorrow, we asked Sherwood Forest candidates what they’ve done for their community — and why they are standing.

Tomorrow ballots will be marked to decide who will be the next MP for the constituency.

But what have the candidates done for their community over the past 12 months, why did they get into politics, and why are they standing to become MP for Sherwood Forest?

Here’s what they had to say, in alphabetical order:

David Paul Dobbie — Liberal Democrats

David Dobbie
David Dobbie

On town council I am developing "20's Plenty" zones around schools and were residents request them, on district getting more "Big Bins" to help reduce fly tipping in my ward and supporting a campaign for a Changing Place in our town.

I joined the Liberals at 15 after my school elections in 1979, I had helped my friend who stood as the Liberal candidate in that election, I have stood in Bassetlaw against Mr Mann in 2005 and 10, Robert Jenrick in Newark in 2015, A Percy in Brigg and Goole in 2019. Brigg and Goole was split up into four different constituencies at the boundary changes, hence standing here as I have worked in the constituency before.

Helen Rose O'Hare — Reform UK

Helen O'Hare
Helen O'Hare

In the last 12 months I have been chairman of Blidworth Parish Council and I'm the treasurer for the Forest Folk Allotment society. I work full time as a Community Accountant, I support local and national charities, local community groups and faith organisations with their finances.

I got into local politics through my work as the Girl Guide leader for Blidworth and my desire to protect our local allotments for future generations to enjoy. I'm now standing as your Reform UK candidate because it's time for change.

I have seen first hand the impact that poor government policies have had on our local communities. Sherwood Forest is broken, look at the state of our roads. Look at the new housing developments, without any care or thought to protecting our countryside, infrastructure, our way of life. We are all poorer, in every aspect, we are worse off than we was before this Tory government.

I'm standing to be your next MP in Sherwood Forest because this is where I grew up and this has been my home for over 48 years.

Mark Steven Spencer — Conservative

Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer

In the last 12 months alone I have secured over £60million of investment for our community.

This includes £34million to upgrade Ollerton Roundabout, the A614 and A6097 and £30million for Clipstone, Hucknall and Ollerton town centres. I have also secured a banking hub for our community as well.

I got into politics because, as a local man who was born in Lambley and went to school in Calverton, I care about this community. I saw our area being neglected by a Labour MP and Labour Government and so I stood and won in 2010.

I am not a career politician, unlike some other candidates I have never stood to be an MP elsewhere; I have only ever wanted to do what is right by our area and hope to have your trust and support once again to continue serving you.

Jeremy Paul Spry — Independent

Jeremy Paul Spry
Jeremy Paul Spry

I have lived in this constituency for 13 years. I have served as a local town councillor. I have stood for election as a district councillor and in two county council elections. I have been a workplace volunteer with health and safety being my main interest.

I am standing as an Independent candidate. I have completed the documentation and paid my fee. I want to exercise my right to stand for election to my Parliament. I am not happy with what has been done to my community, and what has been done to my county. I am not happy with what has been done to my country.

I want to be the Member of Parliament for Sherwood Forest, and to do as the people of Sherwood Forest want me to do, and what they tell me to do for them in the British Parliament.

Lee Waters — Independent

Lee Waters
Lee Waters

I am currently a councillor in Hucknall, where I live with my wife and nine-year-old son. I first got into politics to make a difference. A voice for the voiceless. I am standing as an Independent as I am determined to make a positive difference for our towns and villages.

As an Independent, I work with popular councillors like the amazing Debbie Darby. 15 Independent councillors including Debs and Francis Purdue-Horan to work together and put you first. In the last year alone, we have led the campaign to ban Smart Motorways, for an additional £20million for our highways, to save our recycling centres and for universal free school meals.

We make a massive difference at County Hall — with Labour and Conservatives working together to run our county into the ground. That’s why we need Independent MPs.

Michelle Welsh — Labour

Michelle Welsh
Michelle Welsh

I grew up on a council estate in Nottinghamshire in the Thatcher years, I grew up around poverty, the first in my family to go to university.

I worked locally for years setting up sure start services to give local children the best start in life. These services were ripped away by the Conservative government, and that is when I decided I needed to stand to make a difference.

Examples of some of the work I have done in the last 12 months: Over 250 pieces of casework from housing to adult social care, successfully campaigned to change the Nottinghamshire wide contract for Health Visitors resulting in local mums and their babies will now receive face to face appointments. Worked with the courageous local families to secure an enquiry into maternity services. Reported potholes and pavements. Secured a review into Special Educational Needs provision as the Conservative council was failing to meet their legal obligations.

No response was received from Green Party candidate Sheila Greatrex-White.

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