The party has selected a local candidate to win back what was one of only a few Conservative footholds in the North East.
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With strong local connections and potentially years to campaign, she likely has a strong chance of overturning Labour’s narrow majority.
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It will help Davidson solidify her grip on the unionist base, and give swing voters minded for a change from the SNP fewer alternatives to consider.
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