THE GREEN candidate for the new North Cotswolds constituency has spoken out after it was announced that the General Election would take place in July. 

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that a General Election will be held on Thursday, July 4. 

Mr Sunak, who has been Prime Minister since October 2022, has called the election after months of speculation about its date.

Candidates for the new North Cotswolds parliamentary constituency have started giving their initial thoughts to the news.  

Chloe Turner, Green candidate, said: “The widespread disenchantment with the Tory government among many moderate Tory voters means that the Conservatives cannot be complacent about winning the North Cotswolds seat.

“As MP, I will be a voice for nature and a champion for local issues, including tackling the decline in rural public services and the cost-of-living pressures facing so many residents.”

“Importantly, as a Green I do not have to follow a party whip so will be free to represent the concerns of residents.

"I will be an independent, principled MP who will work collaboratively with others, who will never be afraid to offer constructive scrutiny and to hold those in government to account.

“This year, there is a real opportunity for genuine change in the Cotswolds, for the first time in decades.

"It’s an exciting chance to restore trust in politics and I’m ready to be at the heart of it.”

The new constituency comprises of the following wards: Badgeworth, Bisley, Blockley, Bourton Vale, Bourton Village, Brockworth East, Brockworth West, Campden & Vale, Chedworth & Churn Valley, Churchdown, Brookfield with Hucclecote,Churchdown St. John's,Coln Valley, Ermin, Fosseridge, Hardwicke, Minchinhampton, Moreton East, Moreton West, Northleach, Painswick & Upton, Sandywell, Shurdington, Stow and the Rissingtons.