Michelle Dewberry has cited the “toxic political environment” as the reason for not registering a Hull address on her election forms.

The Brexit Party candidate for Hull West and Hessle spoke out after declaring an address in Lambeth, London, on the official papers.

She is not the only candidate in Hull to register with places of residence outside of East Yorkshire, with all three Conservative candidates penning postcodes from elsewhere in the UK.

Conservative’s Rachel Storer running for Hull East is registered as living in Lincoln, campaigning in Hull West Scott Bell is down as residing in Lewisham and in Hull North the Tory candidate Holly Whitbread, has declared an address in Epping, Essex.

Hull Live approached the Conservative Party for comment but received no response.

Conservative general election candidates Holly Whitbread, Rachel Storer and Scott Bell
Conservative general election candidates Holly Whitbread, Rachel Storer and Scott Bell

Michelle Dewberry says the reason behind her decision to register an out of town address was based on her experience running for Parliament in 2017.

 

She said: “For personal safety reasons you will not find me on the electoral role in Hull West and Hessle during this election campaign because the abuse I received in 2017 really made me fear for my safety.

"So this time, I’ve taken precautions against that.

“The situation I had in 2017 really was unpleasant and as everybody knows, the political climate is really toxic.

Michelle Dewberry has explained why she registered an out of town address on her electoral forms
Michelle Dewberry has explained why she registered an out of town address on her electoral forms

"Every single member of my family lives in this constituency and I don’t want any of those addresses being put on to public record.

"So for me personally, the easiest thing for me to do was to register at another address.

“I know Labour activists will jump on this and say ‘oh look, she’s not a local girl’ but for me that is utter nonsense.

"I have always been very clear that I split my time between Hull and London. And as a teenager I had to seek career opportunities outside of Hull which always upset me because my family and friends are here.

"Now I am very lucky because I get to split my time between London and Hull."

 

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