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Congratulations to Robert Jenrick who has been chosen as the Conservative candidate for Newark at the next General Election.

The sitting MP, Patrick Mercer, resigned the whip and is standing down. This followed Mr Mercer being caught in a “sting” operation by Panorama where he failed to declare payments from a fake company for lobbying in support of Fijian business interests.

Mark reported yesterday on the selection. Mr Jenrick has worked as a lawyer, and in managing his family’s manufacturing business. He is now
International Business Director at Christie’s, the auction house and has a strong interest in heritage and conservation.

At the last election Mr Jenrick stood in Newcastle-under-Lyme. He achieved an 8.4 per cent swing from Labour – well above the 5 per cent national average. This reduced the Labour majority to 1,552. (He wrote about this campaign here – it was boosted by Conservative Future but not by the Merlin computer programme.) Might Mr Jenrick have won if UKIP hadn’t stood, securing 3,491 votes?

In any event despite the Mr Mercer’s difficulties there is little doubt about Mr Jenrick’s election in Newark in 2015. The Conservative majority was 16,152 last time.

The Nottingham Post reports that Mr Jenrick says:

“I am honoured to be picked as the Conservative candidate for Newark. It is a historic constituency comprising some of the most scenic and desirable places in Nottinghamshire.

“I will be starting work straight away getting around Newark, Southwell, Bingham and surrounding villages finding out what people’s issues are on the ground.”

 

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