Labour MP for Lincoln Karen Lee will battle with her Conservative counterpart Karl McCartney once again at the next general election after confirming she will stand.
Karen Lee confirmed this week that she will stand as a Labour candidate in the next general election, describing it as “an honour and a privilege to serve both my Lincoln constituents and Lincoln Labour”.
Very pleased to say I've submitted my completed form to @UKLabour to confirm I wish to stand as a Labour candidate for the next GE. It's an honour & a privilege to serve both my Lincoln constituents and @LincolnLabour and I will continue to work hard on their behalf. pic.twitter.com/9M914Xa2iF
— Karen Lee MP (@KarenLeeMP) June 25, 2019
Standing in her way is Karl McCartney, who said back in March that he was “feeling honoured to have been re-adopted as a Lincoln Conservatives Parliamentary Candidate for the next general election”.
karl McCartney first ran in the 2005 elections, but was elected as Lincoln MP only in 2010, ousting Labour’s Gillian Merron by 1,058 votes. He was re-elected in 2015, but was unseated in the 2017 snap elections by Lee by a margin of 1,538 votes.
Just home & feeling honoured to have been re-adopted as @lnconservatives Parliamentary Candidate for the next GE.
Celebrating with a regular brew & looking forward to personally thanking all our friends, supporters & well-wishers who have been so kind.
Team McC et al all vpleased
— Karl McCartney (@karlmccartney) March 20, 2019
The next general election in the United Kingdom is scheduled to be held in May 2022 under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011.
However, it could be held at an earlier date if a motion is passed by a super-majority of two-thirds in the House of Commons or a vote of no confidence in the government. The latter would have to not be followed by a vote of confidence within 14 days.
Lee recently clashed with Prime Minister Theresa May over who’d be ‘to blame’ for a no-deal Brexit, stating Leave chaos is “entirely the fault of the Prime Minister’s reckless strategy and dreadful deal”.
The Brexit chaos is entirely the fault of the PM's reckless strategy & dreadful deal.
Lincoln businesses have told me that a no deal (embraced by Johnson & Hunt) would lead to chaos and job losses.
— Karen Lee MP (@KarenLeeMP) June 26, 2019
McCartney later took a swipe at his Labour rival saying: “Mrs May just took the opportunity to remind everyone in Lincoln how their ineffective Lincoln Labour rep has spent every day thwarting the democratic decision made three years ago by people in our city & the UK”.
Nice & succinct reply #PMQs to Lincoln’s Labour MP by @10DowningStreet .
Mrs. May just took the opportunity to remind everyone in Lincoln how their ineffective @LincolnLabour rep. has spent every day thwarting the democratic decision made 3 years ago by people in our City & UK.
— Karl McCartney (@karlmccartney) June 26, 2019