Cllr Matt Keane was installed as the new Mayor of Corby on May 23. Cllr Keane became a councillor in 2015 and now takes the ceremonial role at the age of 26 - Corby's youngest ever Mayor.

Cllr Keane will now be Mayor of Corby for the next year. Cllr Mohammed Rahman was confirmed as the new Deputy Mayor, with his wife being named as consort for the year.

At the same meeting Cllr Tom Beattie was re-confirmed as the borough authority's leader.  Cllr Jean Addison was also re-elected as deputy leader. The Council noted the appointment of Cllr Rob McKellar as leader of the Conservative Group and that of Cllr David Sims as deputy leader.

For the General Election on Thursday June 8th, there are five candidates standing in the Corby constituency that includes a large part of East Northamptonshire.

The following is a selection of comments from the candidates about their candidacies. 

They have been collated from the candidates websites and press releases, and have been presented in the order the candidates will appear on the ballot paper.

BETH MILLER ( Labour )

" I’m very proud to be standing as Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire. Corby is my home town, I grew up here and went to school here.  It is where my friends and family are, and it is where my heart is.

My Great Grandparents came here from Scotland.  The work their generation began – to build not just a town, but a community, continues. I’m so proud of the way Corby is on the up.  And I know that all these improvements were fought for by the Labour council and previous Labour MPs.

Now we must fight again – to stop the huge and damaging cuts that the Tories are imposing on our schools, health service and social care.

Under the cover of Brexit, the Tories think they can get away with destroying the services that we need. 

Brexit is going to happen. Article 50 has been triggered.  And it’s all my Tory opponent wants you to think about at the election.  But there is so much more at stake. Our public services will not survive 5 more years of the Tories.

I’ve worked in Parliament, in the City, and in Corby. From all of that experience I know who pulls the strings and how to get things done.

On Day 1 as your MP – I will go to the Department for Education and demand that they reverse the massive cuts to our school budgets. And I will speak with all the NHS players involved in Corby Urgent Care Centre and demand a guarantee that it’s future will be secured.

This election is about who you want to be your local MP. That is the choice on the ballot paper – it’s not a referendum on a single issue or a Presidential election!

Please look for my name – Beth Miller – on the ballot and know that if elected, I will always put you first. I will be a full time MP.  My Tory opponent thinks it’s OK to be part time, and work a lucrative second job.  I would never do that – I will give 100% of my energy and commitment to Corby and East Northamptonshire."

TOM PURSGLOVE  ( Conservative )

"Since she became Prime Minister last summer, Theresa May has proven to be a strong leader who puts the national interest first and gets things done. The immediate priority was to provide economic certainty, a clear vision and strong leadership – and that’s what she delivered. She has also delivered on the mandate from the referendum, and begun the process through which Britain will leave the European Union.

I respect the judgement she has made, however, that it is in the national interest for a General Election to be held now. First, it will undoubtedly strengthen the UK Government's negotiating hand in Europe. At present, division in Westminster, and the Government’s small majority, risks weakening its position in the critically important negotiations ahead with the European Union. It is also the only way to ensure we have strong leadership, certainty and stability, as an election now will give the country continuity, stability and certainty for a full five years; not just up to the point at which we leave the European Union, but beyond it too.

As someone who grew up in North Northamptonshire, it has been the greatest honour and privilege of my life to serve as your Member of Parliament for the past two years, and I am honoured to have been re-selected as the Conservative Party's candidate for the General Election on the 8th June.

I very much hope that Corby and East Northamptonshire residents will again put their trust in me and allow me the opportunity to continue to work hard and campaign on the issues that matter most to local people - delivering more new jobs and investment, standing up for the steel industry, campaigning against unwanted overdevelopment, securing new infrastructure improvements, delivery of the Rushden Lakes development and the A45/Chowns Mill upgrades, and pushing for even more enhancements to the Corby Urgent Care Centre, to mention just a few.

Together, we have achieved so much, but there is still much more to do."

STEVEN SCRUTTON ( Green Party )

" The environment in which we all live is the most important part of everyone's lives. We only have one world in which to live, and governments and politicians are not treating it well. This can be seen in many ways. 

Climate Change. Environmental Pollution. Biodiversity, and the gradual extinction of species. The depletion of soils in which we grow our food. And much more.....

These are the main reasons I am standing for the Green Party in this constituency in this general election, and asking for you support. All Green Party policies are targeted at improving our environment.

I have lived in Northamptonshire for 50 of the 70 years of my life, first in Corby, then Desborough, then Aldwincle, and now back in Corby.  

I have also worked in Northamptonshire for 50 years, initially as a teacher, then a social worker, and more recently until my retirement as a Homeopath.

This parliamentary seat, Corby and East Northants, is currently held by by the Conservative party, and they may well win again. If so, it will have little political impact - just one of 650 results.

However, a large vote for the Green Party will send an important message. It will make an impact on the Media, politicians of all political parties, and the new government. THAT OUR ENVIRONMENT MATTERS. "

CHRIS STANBRA   ( Liberal Democrats )

“This election is a huge opportunity for voters in Corby and East Northants to change the direction of our country and ensure Britain has a decent opposition.

“People here may have voted to leave the EU, but many did not vote for the extreme form of Brexit that Theresa May has imposed on us after being backed by Labour.

“For all those who want to protect our local economy by staying in the Single Market and ensure the people have the final say over what comes next, this is their chance.

“The Liberal Democrats are the real opposition to the Conservative Brexit Government and the only party fighting for a Britain that is open, tolerant and united.”

Chris moved to live in Corby in 1981 and has lived in Danesholme, Corby since 1993. Chris is married with two grown up children who both went to local schools. Chris is a self employed bookkeeper/accountant. 

SAM WATTS ( UKIP )

"I am delighted to have been selected to stand as UKIP's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Corby & East Northamptonshire. Corby is my home town and it deserves a strong MP with local roots."

Being from Corby I understand the people, their concerns and their strong sense of community spirit. I believe in my hometown I simply ask the people of Corby believe in me."

"The Conservatives are using Brexit as a Trojan horse for tax increases and yet more damaging cuts to key services.

"To get the Labour Party Corby once had people should vote UKIP and show Corbyn he does not speak for Corby or the long serving Labour members."

"The Lib Dems simply want to ignore the democratic will of the people."

 

A national body could yet crown Corby the "Great Town" of the UK and Ireland. 

Corby's one of three places that has been nominated by the Academy of Urbanism. They judge towns and cities based on how their living and working environment has endured or improved.

In putting Corby into their final shortlist of three, the academy praised an ongoing regeneration of the town led by civic groups and support programmes. It cited that in the last 20 years, Corby has seen the highest proportion of new home sales over anywhere in the UK and praised its new facilities in the town centre.

Further assessment visits are planned by the Academy on the three places nominated which also include Coventry and Milton Keynes.

The chief executive of the borough council said the nomination "acknowledged the great amount of vision, investment and partnership working that has gone in to regenerating Corby."

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Plans have officially been submitted to Corby Borough Council for the major "West Corby" development.

Behind them are Rockingham Castle Estates, Great Oakley Farms and Taylor Wimpey. The long-term objective is to build thousands of homes on a 270 hectare site to the west of the Beanfield and Danesholme estates.

Shops, schools and employment oppurtunities are also being promised as part of the plans. If approved work on the homes could start next year but the long-term timeframe for the development is 15 years.

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The Princess Royal was a special visitor to Corby's Adrenaline Alley recently.

The Princess was given a tour of the urban sports facility by its development director meeting both users of it and people who have been working to continue its growth.

The social enterprise on the Weldon North estate is backed by a number of regional and local not for profit bodies.

It's reported new indoor ramp facilities could yet lead to it being a training camp for future Olympians in urban sports.