New socialist party to stand in Chesham and Amersham by-election

By James Moules

A RECENTLY formed socialist party is set for its first electoral test in an upcoming by-election.

The Breakthrough Party, which describes itself as a “youth-led democratic socialist party,” has announced its intention to field a candidate in the Chesham and Amersham by-election in Buckinghamshire on June 17, 2021.

The party was founded by Alex Mays in January 2021, and is set to field Carla Gregory – a charity worker who lives in Amersham – as its candidate.

Carla said: “Standing up for people who are marginalised in society is very important to me and the Breakthrough Party does just this, as well as not being afraid to say it how it really is and always tackling the toughest issues facing our society. There is no way in 2021 anyone should be homeless or hungry.

“I’m running for MP of Chesham and Amersham because there is no one representing people who struggle to keep up with the cost of living in this constituency. This is my hometown and where I am raising my children so I want the best possible future for them and Chesham and Amersham.

“For far too long the gap between the rich and the poor has been widening here and I want to be the voice of the unheard residents.”

The Breakthrough Party describes its mission statement as to “create a new home for those who’d been failed by the major parties and were looking to build an alternative, a society that uses its considerable wealth to provide dignity, security and justice for all.”

It is one of eight parties contesting in Chesham and Amersham. The by-election was called as a result of the passing of Conservative Cheryl Gillan, who had held the seat since 1992.

It will be the third by-election since the 2019 general election, following the polls in Hartlepool on May 6, 2021 and Airdrie and Shotts on May 13, 2021.

Since the constituency’s inception in 1974, Chesham and Amersham has always been held by a Conservative, with Tories consistently drawing more than 50 per cent of the vote. In 2019, Gillan was returned with 55.4 per cent of the vote.

Featured Image: Deb Wilbee (credit)

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