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Civil engineers fi ght five seats

General election

FIVE CIVIL engineers will stand in next month's general election, which was called by Tony Blair on Tuesday. But figures compiled by the ICE show the engineering profession is underrepresented in Parliament.

According to the ICE, of the seven chartered engineers now holding seats in Parliament, only two are civil engineers.

They are David Chidgey, Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh, who retires this year and Lawrie Quinn, Labour MP for Scarborough & Whitby, who will seek re-election.

They are outnumbered by other professionals including 53 schoolteachers, 45 barristers, 43 journalists, 33 solicitors and nine architects.

All of the five candidates standing in the 5 May election are vocal about the need for more engineers to enter the political arena.

'Civil engineers have got to be involved in politics, ' insisted former ICE Council member and conservative party candidate for Glasgow North, Brian Pope.

'We are can-do people. On a day to day basis we produce results and do the things we say we are going to do.

'All the issues in local politics are suited to engineers and we always have facts behind us.

It's about just getting out there and biting the bullet, ' he adds.

INFOPLUS Engineers wishing to stand for election can find more information at: http: //www.

electoralcommission.

org. uk/elections/

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