Karl McCartney officially re-selected as Lincoln Conservatives’ MP candidate

Twice-elected Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has been re-selected by the city’s Conservatives as their candidate in the June 8 general election.

No other local parties have officially selected their candidates so far. The deadline for nominations is on May 11.

Karl McCartney was first elected in 2010 with 17,163 (37.5%) votes, with a 1,058 majority over Labour’s Gillian Merron (MP from 1997-2010).

In the 2015 election he increased his majority to 19,976 (42.6%) votes over Labour’s Lucy Rigby, who received 1,443 fewer votes.

Karl McCartney is also one of up to 12 Conservative MPs who will find out if they are being charged over an investigation into national and local general elections spending in 2015. He always vehemently denied any wrong doing.

In a statement, Karl McCartney said: “I am delighted to have been re-adopted by friends and supporters at the Lincoln Conservative Association for this, my fourth general election campaign in Lincoln.

“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank my Association Chairman, Cllr Eddie Strengiel, and indeed all officers and members for their considerable support over the years and for their continued faith and trust in me as Lincoln’s Conservative candidate.

“The General Election gives the people of our city the opportunity to choose a Conservative government that will deliver a successful Brexit, continue with improving the quality of life for everyone in Lincoln and continue with its investment plans for our city and county – just has it has done since I was first elected in 2010.”