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Bernard Jenkin - Conservative
BERNARD Jenkin has been an MP since 1992. Mr Jenkin was first elected as an MP for the rural area of Colchester North and held his seat in 1997 despite a boundary change. The 2010 election saw him hold on to his seat again as the constituency became Harwich and North Essex. Prior to his election to the House of Commons, he worked in industry and commerce for the Ford Motor Company and for venture capital provider 3i PLC before being appointed manager of Legal and General Ventures Ltd. He has served as shadow transport secretary and as shadow defence secretary.The 55-year-old has championed Harwich and North Essex issues including concerns about maternity services, EU sulphur regulations and dangerous accident blackspot junctions on the A120.

Dominic Graham - Liberal Democrat
SOLICITOR Dominic Graham is standing for election for the Liberal Democrats. The Colchester councillor is originally from Newcastle and studied at the University of Central Lancashire and the College of Law in York. In his work he specialises in medical negligence. Mr Graham is currently a ward councillor for Mile End in Colchester after being elected in 2014. He was chosen unanimously to replace previous parliamentary candidate for Harwich and North Essex James Raven. Mr Graham will focus on the NHS as part of his campaign to be elected. He said: “As I specialise in medical negligence I am acutely aware of what is going on.
“At the moment there is a crisis in the NHS. A keen footballer and golfer he lives in Colchester with his wife Gemma and young family.

Edward Carlsson Browne - Labour
LABOUR candidate Edward Carlsson Browne is a type-one diabetic so knows how important a free NHS is. The former Alresford schoolboy, who lives with his girlfriend and their two pet ferrets, plans to fight to make sure it stays that way. He would also like to see more young people involve themselves in politics by making their opinions heard. He supports Essex Labour’s campaign to get the streetlights turned on and campaign for improvement on the roads. He said: “I grew up in the constituency in Alresford and went to local schools. If you want a local candidate who will stand up for this area and stand up for you at Westminster then I am your man” Edward, 28, has worked as a librarian and a care worker and has recently finished writing up his PhD from the University of Aberdeen. He also attended University College London and Cambridge University.

Mark Hughes - Ukip
Mark Hughes was selected as UKIP’s candidate for Harwich and North Essex at a local hustings event last year. His political experience includes time as chairman of North Hertfordshire District Council and being elected as the second youngest mayor of Royston. He said: “All my life I have believed in democracy and the will of the people, and I intend to campaign hard in the constituency to ensure that the views of the ordinary people are represented on immigration, European interference, and rights of local communities to decide their own affairs. “I can connect with the majority of voters who want someone to represent them who has actually had to live and survive in the real world that we all inhabit. 
The father-of-two, 53, runs a financial planning service and enjoys cinema and is an avid reader. He is also a qualified youth football coach and referee
Christopher Flossman - Green
Student Christopher Flossman is standing as the Green candidate in the General Election for Harwich and North Essex constituency. The 21-year-old, originally from Bristol, is currently studying politics and history at the University of Essex. He is a double kidney and bone marrow transplant patient and has worked with the NHS and Youth Parliament to improve the transitional care of chronically ill children. A self-confessed sci-fi geek, Chris loves swimming and won gold in the 2009 World Transplant Games for 50m Butterfly. He is president of the Young Greens Society.