The general election is just weeks away - and we want to hear from you and find out what are your burning questions for the candidates hoping to become Darlington's newest MP.

The nation will finally go to the polls on July 4 for the first time since 2019 - and Darlington will elect an MP to represent our town for the next five years.

Here is the full list of candidates:

  • Peter Gibson (Conservative Party)
  • Lola McEvoy (Labour Party)
  • Matthew Snedker (Green Party)
  • Simon Thorley (Liberal Democrats)
  • Michael Walker (Reform UK)

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called the snap election in a rain-soaked speech on May 22.

In his speech outside Downing Street, Mr Sunak said: “This hard-earned economic stability was only ever meant to be the beginning, the question now is how and who do you trust to turn that foundation into a secure future for you, your family, and our country?

“Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future, to decide whether we want to build on the progress we have made or risk going back to square one with no plan and no certainty.

“Earlier today I spoke with His Majesty the King to request the dissolution of Parliament.”


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We now want to ask residents and Northern Echo readers what they want to know. 

This is your chance to submit questions to the Echo that we will then ask the candidate themselves to see what they plan to deliver for our town.

Use our form on this article to have your say.