Local business woman selected as Liberal Democrats MP candidate for Lincoln

Lincoln, Sleaford and North Hykeham Liberal Democrats have selected local business woman Caroline Kenyon as their candidate fighting for the Lincoln MP seat on June 8.

Caroline was born and raised in London and moved to the county 20 years ago with her husband, when Caroline set up her PR business specialising in the promotion of Lincolnshire produce and British food.

After the financial crisis of 2008, she remodelled her business – The Food Awards Company.

Caroline said: “I love Lincoln and I love Lincolnshire. I’ve raised a family, made amazing friends and run my own business here for 17 years. Lincolnshire has given me everything.

“I am hugely honoured to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Lincoln.

“It’s a fantastic city with so much to offer, but not everyone has shared in its successes. I know there are many who are struggling to get by, juggling several jobs and lying awake at night wondering how to pay the bills.

“I know we can build on those successes, bring more people with us and share the benefits more widely. I want want to give our residents their say on the Brexit deal – a deal that will have an impact on all our lives. I will fight for you, I will champion you, I will be here for you and this wonderful city. This is our chance to change Britain’s and Lincoln’s future.”

Caroline faces the city’s most recent Conservative MP Karl McCartney, who was officially re-selected to fight for the seat last week.

Karl was elected in 2015 with 19,976 votes, over Labour’s Lucy Rigby, who received 1,443 fewer votes.

Standing for labour is councillor and former Mayor of Lincoln Karen Lee.

UKIP have also chosen their candidate for the election in June. Nick Smith, who previously stood in the 2005, 2010 and 2015 general elections, will once again take up the challenge.

The deadline for general election candidate nominations is May 11.

Residents must be registered to vote by May 22.