AHEAD of the general election in July, the full list of the candidates vying for your vote in North East Hampshire has been revealed.

The election, which will see residents head to the polls to vote for one of 8 candidates from a number of parties, will take place on Thursday, July 4.

The seat was previously held by Conservative, Ranil Jayawardena who was first elected as MP for the constituency in May 2015. 

According to a recent poll from YouGov, the Conservative Party is predicted to hold the seat in North East Hampshire, with a lead of 41.9 per cent.

Full list of candidates:

Ranil Jayawardena - Conservative

Basingstoke Gazette: Ranil JayawardenaRanil Jayawardena (Image: Ranil Jayawardena)

Ranil Jayawardena is the Parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party. Mr Jayawardena was appointed to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Commons in December 2023.

He previously served as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2022, as well as a number of other positions including Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2019 to 2020.

Mr Jayawardena grew up in Hook and now lives in Bramley with his wife, son and daughters. He said: "Being local matters. I grew up in Hook, then in Bramley. I went to local schools and I still live in the constituency today with my wife and our three children.

"That’s why it is no surprise that I’ve worked with local people, businesses and community groups to get action on our shared priorities – because, for me, it’s personal. North East Hampshire is home for me, as it is for you.

"I’m running to serve you, your family and North East Hampshire once again as our local Member of Parliament. If you want to keep the progress we’re making locally, with a clear plan to secure the future for our country and our local community, I’m asking for your support.”

Bradley David Phillips - Labour

Basingstoke Gazette:

Bradley David Phillips was born and raised in Basingstoke and has previously run as a councillor for Sherborne St John and Rooksdown in the town.

Mr Phillips, 25, was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of three, meaning he has relied on the NHS from an early age. He also describes himself as a proud gay man, advocating for equality and representation. 

He said: "It’s time for change.

"Whilst our current MP endorsed Liz Truss’s disastrous economic policies, Labour has a costed and optimistic vision for the future.

"I promise to deliver on the things that matter to you, putting people over politics and representing our towns and villages with pride."

Alex Brewer - Liberal Democrats

Basingstoke Gazette:

Alex Brewer has worked as a charity leader for more than a decade, which she says has showcased the impact of 'chronic under-funding'. As a resident of the area, Ms Brewer says she will work hard for the community.

She added: "I strongly believe our home needs an MP who can represent the interests of everyone... someone with experience of real life outside of politics.

"People tell me they want a hard-working, visible, local MP. I can promise that's exactly what I'll be."

Mohamed Miah - Green Party

Basingstoke Gazette:

Mohamed Miah currently serves as a team leader in payroll for a large NHS organisation, with a background in public service. Mr Miah was born and raised in Hampshire with a 'deep-rooted connection to the area and its people'.

He added: "I am passionate about making a real difference in the lives of our residents. My campaign focuses on promoting environmental sustainability, social equity and economic fairness.

"I aim to challenge the two-party system, offering real change and real choice to our constituents while holding the Government accountable."

Paul Morton - Reform UK

Basingstoke Gazette:

Paul Morton was born in Scotland but has lived in England for the past 25 years. He now resides in the 'beautiful, leafy area of Fleet', where he plays Father Christmas at his children's school every year.

Mr Morton says that he joined the Reform Party as he could 'no longer sit back and leave the decision making to others'.

He added: "I joined Reform and chose to stand for the party because the party is made up of people who are successful, have professional skills, capabilities and knowledge of the real world and the desire and ability to deliver for the country."

Howling 'Laud' Hope - Official Monster Raving Loony Party (OMRLP)

Basingstoke Gazette:

Alan Hope, known politically as Howling 'Laud' Hope, is running for the OMRLP, which he is the leader of, in his home consistency of North East Hampshire.

Mr Hope received 579 votes in 2019's general election, a result which he says he is 'looking to treble' as it would 'mean a lot of worry for the other parties as they would recognise the voters believe in us'.

He added: "The only wasted vote is one that's not used. If you want to vote for 'none of the above' and don't usually vote, vote unusually, vote loony."

Alex Zychowski - Libertarian Party

Basingstoke Gazette:

Alex Zychowski is a teacher, living in North East Hampshire but was born in London. He is running for the Libertarian Party as he says 'in recent years individual liberty has become increasingly under threat'.

He added: "I am delighted to have been selected as the Libertarian Party’s parliamentary candidate for North East Hampshire at the next general election, an election that cannot come soon enough."

Duncan Philip Stone - Hampshire Independents

Basingstoke Gazette:

Duncan Philip Stone lives in Basingstoke and works in a tattoo studio in the town centre, called Area 51, which he founded in October 2023. 

Mr Stone has previously run for the party as a councillor in the 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 local elections in Basingstoke.

The Hampshire Independents was set up in 2019, as a group of independent candidates. It says: "A group of independents like this may not work, but does the current red or blue party politics work? We think not."