Caroline Henry confirms she will try to be Nottingham North MP after losing Police and Crime Commissioner job

Caroline Henry with husband Darren Henry in Eastwood with their new puppy Pickle
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Caroline Henry has confirmed that she is standing to be a Nottingham MP in the upcoming general election a month after losing her role as Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Mrs Henry, who denies that being convicted of five speeding offences played a role in her election loss, will be the Conservative Party candidate in the new constituency of Nottingham North and Kimberley.

Mrs Henry lives in Kimberley with her husband Darren Henry, who has been Broxtowe's Conservative MP since 2019. Kimberley itself was formerly part of the Broxtowe constituency, but boundary changes mean it will now be part of the seat currently held by Labour's Alex Norris.

Mrs Henry's selection as the Conservative Party's candidate over the weekend comes despite her time in court during her tenure as Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Convicted of five speeding offences over the course of four months, Mrs Henry left court in July 2022 with a total fine of £2,450 and received a six-month driving ban.

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Yet Mrs Henry claimed this issue was not one she picked up on the doorstep during her campaign to be re-elected as police and crime commissioner in May. Explaining her loss, she instead blamed the national picture and the fact that "Conservative voters stayed at home" during the election, which saw Gary Godden elected for Labour.

Mrs Henry points to her time as police and crime commissioner as a boost to her chances of electoral success in Nottingham North, saying she made Nottinghamshire "safer." In terms of her upcoming election campaign, Mrs Henry has described it as a "face off" between two couples given that both she and Darren will be fighting for seats, as well as Alex Norris and his wife Emma Foody - who is standing as a Labour candidate in the north east.

Mrs Henry says the calling of the summer general election affected her previous plans to spend time with her new puppy Pickle, which she had promised herself if she lost the police and crime commissioner election. Mrs Henry said: "When we moved to our forever home in Kimberley it was in the Broxtowe constituency but following the new boundary changes it will be in the Nottingham North and Kimberley constituency.

"I love this area and its people, so it really matters to me that we have a local champion representing us in parliament. It is not easy putting yourself out there and being a politician and my plans this summer were just to play with our new puppy - called Pickle.

"However, I am a strong woman, no nonsense, genuine and I get stuff done to help others so I felt it was my duty to stand up and serve my community again. I know what it takes to serve local people and take action on issues that really matter to communities.

"My experience as Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner has given me a deep understanding of the challenges our communities face and the importance of effective leadership." Mrs Henry, who was born in Eastwood, is one of four candidates currently known to be standing in Nottingham North and Kimberley for the July 4 election.

The deadline for candidates to put themselves forward falls on Friday (June 7). Below, in alphabetical order by surname, are all the Nottingham North candidates we know of so far.

Green

Sam Harvey

Conservative

Caroline Henry

Liberal Democrat

David Schmitz

Labour

Alex Norris