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Widnes and Runcorn Weekly News; General election hopefuls go head-to-head for Halton seat

CONTENDERS from the three main parties go head-to-head for the Halton constituency in the General Election on May 6. They are:

Labour – Derek Twigg is Widnes born and bred, went to Halton College, was a civil servant for 19 years and succeeded Gordon Oakes as Halton MP in 1997. He has been under secretary of state in the separate departments of education, transport and defence. He has also been veterans minister.

Conservative – Ben Jones was born in Liverpool in 1978, has lived in Rainhill and St Helens and was state educated. He went on to study politics at Liverpool. He has strong links to the area having grown up nearby and having family living in neighbouring constituencies.

Liberal Democrats – Frank Harasiwka joined the Liberal Party in 1979. He has been an LEA governor at several schools and highlights economics, education, foreign affairs and constitutional reform as being his main areas of interest and expertise.