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Candidates confirmed as Rutland and Melton constituency to split

The parliamentary boundary of Rutland and Melton is to split and candidates have been chosen for both new seats.

Current Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns confirmed on Saturday that she had been selected by the Conservative Selection Committee of Rutland and Stamford to be the candidate at the next election.

Charnwood MP Ed Argar will be the Tory candidate for Melton & Syston. Photo: UK Government

Posting on her Facebook page she said: "Due to the decisions of the Boundary Commission, there was no option to stand again as MP for Rutland and Melton as our constituency is being split in half. As you all know, I made strong representations against dividing us. "

The new boundary of Melton and Syston will be represented by a new MP with residents able to vote for the new MP at the next election.

Current Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns will represent Rutland and Stamford. Photo: Alicia Kearns.

Alicia Kearns confirmed that Ed Agar, the current MP for Charnwood, would be the Tories candidate for the new seat.

She said: "A Melton and Syston selection committee has today selected my wonderful neighbour Ed Argar, currently MP for Charnwood, as our Conservative candidate at the next election. I'm so delighted to keep him as a neighbour, and I know he will work so hard for our communities when hopefully elected at the next General Election.

Commenting on the split and leaving Melton & The Vale behind she added: "Melton and the Vale will forever remain in my heart, I truly love our very special part of our country, and I will continue to serve all our communities across Rutland and Melton tirelessly until the next election and to keep delivering on my promises.

Alicia Kearns on a recent visit to Ukraine. Photo: UK Government

I'm proud that in Melton and the Vale diggers are finally in the ground after a 50-year wait for the MMDR, we now have the go-ahead for a new GP practice, a great new rural crime team, new CCTV, increased train services at Bottesford, and we secured our £23m levelling up bid.

I also delivered on my promise of a new hare coursing law, support in particular for dairy farmers, as well as funds for local community pubs and making sure Melton Town got its new football pitch. "

Alicia Kearns with Tim Brown of The Melton Cheeseboard at the re-branding event of the Stockyard. Photo: NEMM

Ed Argar was appointed Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice on 27 October 2022.

He was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury between 14 October 2022 and 27 October 2022 and was Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office between 6 September 2022 and 14 October 2022.

He was Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care between 10 September 2019 and 6 July 2022 He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice between 14 June 2018 and 10 September 2019.

He was elected as Conservative MP for Charnwood in 2015.

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