A General Election will be held on July 4, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced yesterday.

To launch the Ely Standard's General Election coverage, we'll be speaking to candidates about their priorities for Ely and East Cambridgeshire. 

Standing for the Green Party is Andrew Cogan, a former college lecturer and college manager who has lived in the constituency for 25 years. 

For 12 years he chaired the Reboot Cambridge Community Interest Company, a firm that processed and recycled almost 300 tons of computer equipment. 

A volunteer at a monthly dementia sufferers cafe, Andrew also served as a district councillor at Welwyn Hatfield District Council and chaired the public service and personnel committee. 

Asked about his priorities for Ely and East Cambridgeshire, he said: "As your MP I will raise your issues in parliament.

"I will support measures that give local communities power to say no to inappropriate developments that don’t address local needs, wants and aspirations.

"I will campaign to improve our public services, and to reduce the widening wealth gap between rich and poor, between young and old. 

He added: "I will campaign to repatriate our wealth that foreign interests who own utilities, such as Anglia Water, through privatisation and deregulation, are sucking out of Britain."