With the council elections now out of the way, attention turns to the general election and the candidates vying to represent Mid-Derbyshire.
Current MP Pauline Latham has confirmed that she will be standing again for the Conservative Party when the country goes to the polls on June 8.
She said: “I am so proud and delighted to have been re-selected as the candidate for Mid-Derbyshire to fight this forthcoming election.
“Should I win, it would be an absolute privilege to again represent the area where I have lived for so long, and I hope to continue to make a difference for all of the people who live here.”
In 2015, she won the seat with 24,908 votes - more than double that of her nearest rival, on a 70 per cent turnout.
Labour’s candidate Alison Martin will be hoping to pull off a major swing, and says her platform has more to offer local residents.
She grew up locally and has lived in the constituency for most of her adult life.
The Labour candidate was the first person in her family to go to university and went on to become a university lecturer in Nottingham, a Derby city councillor, and chairman of governors at an Allestree school.
She said: “In June voters will be able to choose between the Labour Party, which has always stood by working people, and a Conservative Party that now claims to represent ordinary families but in fact always looks after the privileged few.
“This is a Conservative government that is wrecking local NHS services, undermining social care and cutting school budgets. They have failed to take a decisive lead on so many of the big issues and now voters are going to the polls again for the third time in three years.”
The Liberal Democrats’ candidate is Derbyshire activist Adam Wain, who has to juggle his campaign with preparations for his long-planned wedding.
The Green Party candidate will be Sue MacFarlane, who previously ran in 2015.
Having initially announced intentions to stand a candidate, UKIP withdrew from the race before the formal deadline.
The Belper News will be giving all candidates opportunity to present their platform over the coming weeks.