University of York student Callum Delhoy will be the Liberal Democrat candidate for Selby and Ainsty for the 2017 general election. Having gone to college in Cambridge, he came to York in 2015 to study politics. He was the chair of the University of York Liberal Democrats until February and is quoted on the Minster FM website as being in favour of a soft ‘Brexit’ and remaining in the EU.
The Selby and Ainsty was one of the many areas where the Liberal Democrats lost ground in the 2015 election. The party lost 14.1% of the vote, mainly losing out to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) who gained 10.8%. UKIP finished comfortably ahead of the Liberal Democrats, but well behind Labour on 26.8%, with the Conservative candidate Nigel Adams securing 52.5% of the vote.
Labour will also be changing their candidate for this year, with Jan Marshall taking over the role. Nigel Adams will be looking to make it a third victory in a row, having also won convincingly in 2010. The 2015 UKIP candidate Colin Heath is running for election to Selby Barlby as a Conservative councillor, but who will replace him is as yet unclear.
In the last general election, Delhoy ran in Daventry, a constituency in the Midlands, south of Leicester. The electoral outcome there was very similar to Selby and Aintsy, with UKIP making gains but finishing behind Labour and the Conservatives. The latter won convincingly here too, with 58% of the vote, retaining the seat, leaving the Liberal Democrats in fourth.
A victory for Delhoy would make him one of the youngest MPs ever. He will, however, be incredibly hard-pressed to win the seat given the Conservatives’ strong record in the constituency and the Liberal Democrats’ comparatively poor one. He may, however, be able to win back some of UKIP’s 2015 gains, especially as they have lost Heath to the Conservatives. In addition, he will look to take some of Labour’s vote share as they grapple with internal party difficulties.
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