Croydon North MP by-election date is set

10:52 08 November 2012

The seat was vacated when Malcolm Wicks died. File picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The seat was vacated when Malcolm Wicks died. File picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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Voters will go to the polls in Croydon North on November 29 to elect their new MP.

The safe Labour Party seat is to be contested following the death of Malcolm Wicks from cancer at the end of September.

Former energy minister Mr Wicks, 65, held Croydon North with a 16,483 majority in 2010. He represented the constituency for 20 years and lived in the borough for 30.

Lambeth Council leader Steve Reed was narrowly selected as Labour’s candidate for the seat on Saturday and has been out on the campaign trail this week.

His opponents will be Andy Stranack, of the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats’ Marisha Ray, Winston McKenzie, running for UKIP, and Shasha Khan, from The Green Party.

Other confirmed candidates are former mayoral aide to Ken Livingstone, Lee Jasper, who will be standing for the Respect Party, Richard Edmonds, of the National Front and Ben Stevenson, from the Communist Party of Britain.

Robin Smith of the Young People’s Party, and John Cartwright, from the Monster Raving Loony Party, are also up for election.

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