Candidates joined by supporters to launch their election campaigns

Blackpool North and Cleveleys  Labour candidate Chris Webb launching his campaign in Bispham
Blackpool North and Cleveleys Labour candidate Chris Webb launching his campaign in Bispham
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Supporters were out in force as candidates for Labour and the Conservative party launched their General Election campaigns.

Blackpool-born Chris Webb pledged to stand up for ‘hard-pressed families’ as he kicked off his bid to win the Blackpool North and Cleveleys seat in Bispham.

Fylde Conservative candidate Mark Menzies launching his campaign in Lytham

Fylde Conservative candidate Mark Menzies launching his campaign in Lytham

Meanwhile Mark Menzies chose Lytham to launch his campaign to retain the Fylde seat for the Conservatives when the country goes to the polls on June 8.

Mr Webb set out a five-point plan which includes championing the needs of older people including protecting their free bus passes, and securing more local skilled jobs.

He said: “I will have an office in the heart of the community, not hidden away from the public.

“Because, the people of this constituency are not just random people, you’re my friends, my family, my colleagues and my neighbours.

“Your lives matter to me and I will work tirelessly as your MP and be the strong local voice in Parliament you all deserve.”

The seat is currently held by Paul Maynard for the Conservatives, who is standing again, while the Liberal Democrats have announced Sue Close as their candidate.

In Fylde Mark Menzies, who has represented the constituency in Parliamentsince 2010, was joined by party colleagues In Clifton Square to launch his campaign.

He said: “I am proud to live in Fylde and would be prouder still to represent the area once again.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed being MP for Fylde. One of the most satisfying and enjoyable aspects of my work as Fylde MP was casework.

“Nothing has given me more pleasure than taking on issues on behalf of constituents.

“I have helped thousands of residents during the past seven years with issues including education, social care, health and environmental issues.

“I have helped secure funding for organisations across Fylde and have enjoyed meeting dedicated volunteers, workers and professionals.

“I want to continue that work, and hope I can fight for the residents of Fylde once again.”

Other candidates in Fylde include Jed Sullivan, a youth worker and father-of-two from Wharles, who is standing for Labour.

In 2015 he finished second to Mr Menzies.

The deadline for all nominations is Thursday.