On Wednesday 26th November, Dudley South Conservatives will hold an open caucus meeting to select the candidate to fight the seat at the next election. The selection follows Chris Kelly’s decision to stand down at the end of his first term in Parliament. If you live in the constituency, you can register to have your say here.
The four finalists shortlisted for the contest are:
- Sibby Buckle. A community pharmacist by profession, Buckle has experience of running her own business and serving at senior level in larger firms. She is a member of the English Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She volunteers with two charities – Emmanuel Press in South Africa, where she grew up, and Arches in Nottingham, near where she now lives. has been a European candidate three times (1999, 2004 and 2013) and fought Liverpool Walton in the 2005 General Election.
- Helen Harrison. Hailing from East Northamptonshire, Harrison has her own physiotherapy business for the last ten years and is further involved in the NHS as an elected governor of Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust. She is also the East Midlands Co-ordinator of the Conservative Policy Forum. She was longlisted for Richmond last month.
- Cllr Greg Smith. Currently Leader of the Opposition on Hammersmith and Fulham Council, Cllr Smith runs his own direct mail and marketing firm. His family come from the Dudley area, and his father served as Chief Inspector of Police there. He is also a Board Member of the Riverside Trust, an arts, media and cinema centre.
- Cllr Mike Wood. A Dudley Borough Councillor, Cllr Wood represents Pedmore and Stourbridge East ward and serves as the Opposition spokesman on finance. He formerly worked for the Conservatives in the European Parliament and is an active campaigner in the community. Cllr Wood is also a governor of a local special school and a member of the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust.