Farnham and Bordon General Election candidates 2024 in their own words

Farnham and Bordon general election candidates
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Voters will be casting their ballot for the first time on Thursday, July 4 in the newly formed Farnham and Bordon constituency. The seat is part Surrey and part Hampshire after South West Surrey was split as part of the latest boundary changes.

Former MP Jeremy Hunt has decided to run in neighbouring Godalming and Ash - although that is now thought to be on a knife edge itself. One thing is for certain though, the residents of Farnham and Bordon will have a new representative in the House of Commons this week.

Recent polling from Ispos suggest the seat could stay blue with the Conservatives holding a narrow lead over the Liberal Democrats but with Labour and Reform UK accounting for about a quarter of the potential votes, it could come down to what they decide on the night.

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The Local Democracy Reporting Service reached out to those hoping to capture your vote on Thursday to explain why they should be your next MP. This is what they had to say, in their own 100 words.

Gerard (Ged) Hall, Reform UK

Ged, a former Deputy Leader of Waverley Borough Council and former President of Haslemere Community Rugby Club, has lived with his wife and three sons in Hindhead for over 20 years. From a modest background of being a builder’s son, Ged is accustomed to hard work and delivery.

Ged's political views are centre-right believing in low taxation, supporting business and entrepreneurship, whilst ensuring public services are fit for purpose and deliver value for money. Ged’s is standing for Reform because he believes that a new, voter-focused approach is needed and the main political parties have deserted their founding principles. Ged’s key priorities are jobs, education and healthcare.

Don Jerrard, Hampshire Independents

Don said: "I founded the IP/IT law practice of an international law firm. I lived just outside Farnham before moving close to Bordon. I have been a local parish councillor since 2003 and chairman of the planning committee of two councils for more than 10 years, campaigning against the adverse environmental effects of overdevelopment.

"I am a co-founder and now Leader of the Justice and Anti-Corruption Party an independent party formed to expose corruption in public life and to seek justice for victims of abuse of power. In this election I am campaigning against our unfair and confrontational parliamentary system."

Alex Just, Labour

Alex Just is a barrister who has spent his career standing up for working people and fighting to protect the rule of law. Raised by a single mum in Edinburgh, he went on to Oxford University, was a World Debating Champion, and now lives in Farnham with his wife and three children. His eldest son attends the local state primary school.

Alex has campaigned against local school cuts, and will bring a strong, local voice to represent our communities. He is the only candidate from the three main parties who lived in our constituency before being selected as a candidate.

Claire Matthes, Green

I’ve been a town councillor in my home town of Haslemere since 2019. A Haslemere resident for over 20 years, I previously lived in Whitehill where my daughter attended Woodlea Primary School and where I was committee secretary of Bordon’s Alexandra Preschool, my son’s nursery.

My background is in family support and early years education and I worked for 10 years at the Tennyson’s Sure Start Children’s Centre in Haslemere until 2019 when the centre was closed. The withdrawal of this valuable support service, alongside numerous other government cuts, drove me to get involved in local politics.

Greg Stafford, Conservative

With deep roots in the constituency, my family's legacy spans over a century in Haslemere, where my father's family owned Staffords sweet shop. As an NHS director, I've driven reforms that reduced waiting times and improved patient care. I've also raised significant funds for various causes and played a key role in community development as a school governor and charity trustee.

I pledge to prioritise healthcare reform, economic growth, public safety, and education while addressing local issues like expanding GP and dental access, improving infrastructure, and protecting our environment. Together, we can secure a prosperous future for Farnham and Bordon.

Khalil Yousuf, Liberal Democrats

A solicitor and small business owner by profession, Khalil brings real-world experience as a successful businessman with deep and long-standing roots in Farnham, Bordon and Haslemere. His pragmatic approach and strong community connections make him uniquely qualified to address local issues effectively.

As a director and trustee of Beacon for Peace, Khalil has organised charity walks in the constituency for many years. Recently, he has focused on tackling sewage dumping in the River Wey, opposing the closure of the Future Skills Centre, and fighting against Conservative-run Hampshire County Council’s plans to shut down Bordon’s Waste and Recycling Centre and SEND provision.

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