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General election

Name: Lawrie Quinn

Constituency: Scarborough & Whitby

As MP for Scarborough & Whitby Lawrie Quinn is one of only two civil engineers in Parliament, after successfully snatching the traditionally Conservative seat in 1997.

This victory was repeated in 2001 when Quinn secured 22,426 votes - 3,585 more than his nearest rival. A former British Rail engineer, Quinn is passionate about civil engineering and wants to see more engineers standing up to be counted.

'It really is lamentable that the world's fourth largest economy has so few engineers involved in politics at all levels.

It can't be right, ' he says.

'I would say to engineers, look at something that you are angry about and get involved with trying to change and improve it, ' says Quinn.

He says engineers are well placed to support their local communities by engaging with young people and teaching them about leadership and personal responsibility.

Other issues on Quinn's agenda include transport, the economy, health, education and law and order. 'A key challenge in my constituency is easing localised congestion by dualling the A64, and boosting the local economy by improving freight access to Whitby Port, ' he says.

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