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POLL… General Election 2015: your candidates in Herne Bay

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PARLIAMENT has dissolved and the starting gun has been fired for the 2015 General Election campaign.

Six candidates are standing for the Thanet North constituency, which includes Herne Bay and has been held by Conservative Sir Roger Gale since 1983.

Here is a look at the runners and riders hoping to secure the seat on May 7.

Sir Roger Gale, Conservative Party

Key pledge: Has backed Herne Bay’s regeneration plans and the efforts of the market

Background: Has won every general election in Thanet North since 1983

George Cunningham, Liberal Democrats

Key pledge: To back investment in Herne Bay to rejuvenate the town

Background: Former British Army officer, businessman and diplomat, now vice-chairman of the Lib Dems’ branch in Brussels and Europe

Frances Rehal, Labour

Key pledge: To promote fairness by encouraging employers to pay the living wage and ending zero-hours contracts

Background: Developed Kent’s first Sure Start centre and was made an MBE for services to children and families

Ed Targett, Green Party

Key pledge: To help abolish council tax and business rates and replace them with a Land Value Tax

Background: Former local journalist who grew up in Herne Bay

Piers Wauchope, Ukip

Key pledge: To deliver “the much-needed changes” he says Herne Bay needs

Background: Barrister and Tunbridge Wells councillor since 2012, contested Hampstead and Highgate for the Conservative Party in 2005

Cémanthe McKenzie, United Thanet

Key pledge: To fight for a single tier of local government, or unitary authority

Background: Thanet businesswoman born in South Africa

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