Candidates confirmed so far for West Dorset for General Election 2024

Four candidates have so far confirmed they will fight to become West Dorset's MP. This general election, which will take place on Thursday, July 4, will see voters across the country have their say on how the country should be run.

Since Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced an election on May 22, four people have announced they will be campaigning to become the MP for West Dorset. The constituency covers a large section of the county, including towns of Sherborne, Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis.

The official candidate list will be published by June 7, when the deadline has passed. Chris Loder, who was elected in 2019, will be battling to retain his seat.

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Liberal Democrat Edward Morello and Green Party candidate Kelvin Clayton will compete with Mr Loder as they did in 2019. Donna Lumsden was announced earlier this week as the Labour party's candidate for West Dorset.

We will keep this page updated if there are any further candidates announced. The candidates confirmed so far, as listed in alphabetical order:

  • Kelvin Clayton (Green)

  • Chris Loder (Conservative)

  • Donna Lumsden (Labour)

  • Edward Morello (Liberal Democrats)

Somerset Live will be publishing biographies of local candidates later in the election cycle. The Conservative Party won all parliamentary seats in Dorset in 2019, and many candidates who were victorious then are seeking re-election.

Residents can register to vote for the election, with the deadline to register is 11.59pm on Tuesday, June 18. You normally only need to register to vote once and not for every election, according to the UK Government website. However, you'll have to reregister if you have changed your name, moved house or switched nationalities.

Registering to vote takes around five minutes and requires your national insurance number or passport number, and your address.

After you've signed up, then your name and address will appear on the electoral register - this will then allow you to make your choice on July 4. You can register to vote through this link.