Independent joins the race as 5 candidates announced for Tatton


Electors will have the choice of five candidates when they take to the polls on Thursday, 8th June.

The deadline for the nomination of candidates for the General Election has now passed and the following five candidates have been confirmed as standing in the Tatton constituency:

Quentin Abel – Independent
Nigel Hennerley – Green Party
Esther McVey – Conservative Party
Sam Rushworth – Labour Party
Gareth Wilson – Liberal Democrat Party

Articles regarding four of the five candidates have already been published and can be accessed via clicking on their name above, or the 'General Election 2017' tag at the end of the article.

I have spoke with the Independent candidate Quentin Abel this morning. He is a Knutsford resident and currently putting some information together about himself and why he is standing, which he told me "Is a decision he has not taken lightly. as he has a life". So hopefully I will be in a position to publish an article about Quentin shortly.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday June 8, 2017. This election is based on the existing parliamentary constituency boundaries.

Polling is taking place following the Prime Minster's announcement of a snap election, which saw Parliament officially dissolved on May 3rd.

Information about voting at this election is available at:

General Election 2017


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Roger Bagguley
Friday 12th May 2017 at 3:32 pm
Thanks Quentin Abel for stepping up to the plate. The world and one in Tatton has been crying out for another Independent, another Martin Bell. On polling day we must all consider the gross over allocation of Green Belt land to housing and employment and the behaviour of our local Conservative Ward Councillors in allowing this to happen. Guilty in all of this was Tatton MP, George Osborne, a nodding dog to ex Leader of Cheshire East Council, Michael Jones. Then of course George will go down in history as the man who betrayed his Tatton Constituents in disappearing over the horizon to seek his fortune - and what a fortune! VOTE INDEPENDENT, VOTE ABEL ON JUNE 8TH
Pete Taylor
Friday 12th May 2017 at 7:19 pm
I now call on the Green, Labour and Lib-Dem candidates to stand down; this is the only way to defeat another disastrous Tory being sent to Westminster.
Jon Armstrong
Friday 12th May 2017 at 8:05 pm
Do either of you actually know anything about him or what he stands for before pledging your undying support? There doesn't seem much on him online apart from records of company directorships. If you know perhaps you could share?
Pete Taylor
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 9:38 am
I think we know plenty about Esther McVey; history is not on her side.
Jon Armstrong
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 10:23 am
So for all you know he could be some far right racist and misogynist thug who stamps on kittens for fun. Or support ISIS. Or want to build all over Cheshire. Or believe the lizard men are controlling all the governments of the world.

But because he's not Esther McVey any of the above or worse would be acceptable? That's a well considered opinion backed by sound evidence and logic.
Nick Jones
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 10:29 am
I think Quentin Abel is very courageous coming forward at this late stage, and although he has a mountain to climb, in Tatton , it is perhaps not the same Everest the Corbynista's will need to ascend. The very best of luck to him and im confident he wont lose his deposit.But..unfortunately EMcV will be a 'shoe in '.. thats why she's here. No surprise.
Richard Birchall
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 3:47 pm
I'm sure there are many of us that would love to vote for an independent candidate but Jon Armstrong is right, we do need to know the platform and policies that Quentin Abel is standing on. If they are sensible centre left policies I agree that Labour, Lib Dem and Green candidates should and aside and back an independent as we did to unseat Neil Hamilton. Esther McVey is not the sort of candidate we want to represent us in Tatton
David Pearce
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 6:52 pm
Esther McVey strikes me as being a seasoned politician who can think on her feet when confronted with hostile interview questioning and who holds true to her political views. She appears to offer a down to earth & gritty understanding of what is both fair and reasonable to the electorate - in the real world - and compared to her predecessor will hopefully more resonate with Mr & Mrs average in the constituency.
Jonathan Follows
Saturday 13th May 2017 at 8:27 pm
I won't vote for Esther because she believes that religious doctrines trump individual rights (even Tony Blair didn't make this mistake).
I won't vote Lib Dem for the first time in 20 years because they want another referendum (and the one we had, sadly, came to a clear conclusion).
I won't vote UKIP because - oh, they're not standing! Not that I would have done anyway.
I won't vote Labour because even the sensible part of the party believes in the illiberal use of government over the individual (Section 44, for example).
I won't vote Green because they're "left" of Labour.
So I'm glad that I have a potential to vote Independent, and will be interested in seeing how Quentin sets out his stall, because otherwise I'll be deliberately spoiing my ballot.
Dave Cash
Sunday 14th May 2017 at 2:31 pm
Has any one organized a Hustings in the Constituency, to which all candidates have been invited to present their views to the general Electorate en masse?
I believe Wilmslow High School and the Knutsford Guardian organised something similar for 2015 election.
Not much time left.
Lisa Reeves
Sunday 14th May 2017 at 2:35 pm
Wilmslow High School are hosting an election debate/question time later this month with the Tatton candidates.

They will be at the school during the day and be quizzed by the students and then in the evening there will be an open invite to members of the public to attend.

I will publish an article confirming all the details shortly.
Dave Cash
Monday 15th May 2017 at 2:33 am
One date for the Diary, thank you.
Hopefully if a candidate cannot attend in the evening, the Party will not attempt to substitute someone else to promote the Party message. The Tatton Electorate deserve to see the 'whites of the (Candidates) eyes' and response to questions.
Simon Worthington
Monday 15th May 2017 at 11:33 am
So dear Esther believes in fairy tales - didn't know that. Another reason not to vote for her. Come on Quentin set out your stall sharpish so we know what is on the table. If sensible (centre left har har - read metropolitan elitist) hopefully we can again proudly send an independent into the London swamp.
Manuel Golding
Monday 15th May 2017 at 11:55 am
Quentin Abel? Eh? Who or what is he? Do you know?
All you sad & desperate anti-Tories appear to be only too willing to grab at an Abel line. Do you actually know just how able this bloke is? I guess you do not, other than blindly saying "anything/anyone mist be better than a Tory", even one as bravely outspoken as Esther McVey.
Independents are quite okay within the local election arena but when our country's future governance is at stake, only a strong & united government will be able to see the UK through a turbulent period, both at home, in Europe & throughout the globe.
To hark back to the Hamilton era & Bell was an isolated Tatton history. Osborne & his era are gone, to compare these historical figures with the current Conservative candidate is ridiculous. Esther McVey is offering a strong & independently minded Member for Tatton. Forget your historic prejudices, vote for the future well being of our country - that does not include any "well minded" so called independent, able or not.
Simon Worthington
Monday 15th May 2017 at 12:52 pm
I thnk the point is, Manuel, a significant number of us don't want another party-line following toady. Or Mcvey (who appears to have her nose in the trough already with a well paid, publicly funded job handed to her), or a tofu muncher, or a Corbynista. However it really doesn't matter as London will claim to be funding the country and play the tune for the rest of us to dance to.
Manuel Golding
Monday 15th May 2017 at 3:08 pm
Simon, if you want a stable government , a government that can deliver good governance in this unstable world, then there is no place for "goody, all things to all voters" self-styled independent political opportunistic, self-publicising characters. They will not bring stable government, in fact very much the opposite.
To decry and dismiss Esther McVey as "someone who appears to have her nose in the trough" is far too weak an argument - this is certainly too weak a claim & is just not good enough.
Are you trying say she may become a minister after the election ? If yes, so what? Governments must have ministers, like it or not, to carry out its functions, just as any business requires officers.
Simon Worthington
Monday 15th May 2017 at 4:48 pm
No Manuel - I was commenting on her other job with the British Transport police given to her on the back of cronyism shortly after the Wirral voters hoofed her. The religeous zealotry is also concerning. However the main reason I object is because of the keenness of Conservative central office and the local tory party who were so full of praise for Gideon to foist her upon us.
Nick Jones
Monday 15th May 2017 at 5:37 pm
@ Simon ...So that will be just the two jobs.. for EMcV when she gets this shoe in.... just another four to go to become to qualify for a 'Tat-tory Our star !! '
Angela McPake
Monday 15th May 2017 at 9:18 pm
Nick- Esther McVey resigned her role with the BTPA on the 2nd May, following her selection at Tatton. As she told the meeting she would if she were selected.

It is on the BTPA website.
Manuel Golding
Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 1:39 pm
Thanks Angela for putting Esther's record straight. A long time friend of mine lives on the Wirral, Esther McVey being his MP up to 2015. Asked by me as to how she performed there, he said she was a terrific constituency MP & that she lost due to being targeted by a motley crew of far left socialists who objected to her ministerial role.
I truly believe Esther McVey will be a candidate who merits my vote and those of like-minded voters. The anti-Tory mob can rant on to their hearts content but reality will win the day - look at the alternative, economically & mathematically dumb, tax, tax, tax Labour - Corbyn, McDonell, and Pea-brain of the Globe Abbott, none of which just cannot get their sums & stories to add up.
Esther McVey is certainly on the right side of common sense & fiscal responsibility.
Pippa Jones
Wednesday 17th May 2017 at 7:30 pm
There's a great mixture of cynicism and party politics in this discussion! I think it is safe to say that "strong&stable" will win the day nationally, whether we like it or not (and I know some will like it and some won't). There has been a lot of discussion over the years on this website about the quality of our politicians (local and national) so I am going to try something radical. I am going to do my very best to ignore all of the party manifestos, the print and broadcast media, what I hear in my social media "echo chamber" and what I hear from friends and colleagues. I am going to try the Martin Bell test: which of these candidates is the most honest? Who is least likely to flip their homes, or fiddle their expenses? Who is the candidate most likely to stand up for our local NHS, our local schools, people with disabilities, our local social services and our green spaces?
I've no idea who that is, as I haven't met any of the candidates or read anything they have written, but my mind is open. I'm going to forget party politics and vote for the person I'd most like to have a coffee with and who I think is most likely to help us here, locally, at what matters in Tatton.