By Matthew Barrett
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This time last year, after Labour MP Denis MacShane was suspended from the party, Whiteley was confirmed as the "Conservative Parliamentary Spokesman" for his seat, Rotherham – which she contested in 2010, increasing the Conservative vote to 16.7% and leap-frogging the Lib Dems to take second place.
Party Co-Chairman Sayeeda Warsi, said:
"Jackie is an outstanding local candidate who has a reputation for working hard for the people of Yorkshire and I know she will fight for their best interests. Our campaign in Bradford is underway, we are out listening to voters in the constituency, and I will be campaigning alongside Jackie for every vote."
Whiteley commented on her selection:
"It is a great honour and extremely exciting to be the Conservative candidate for Bradford West. As the owner of a small business and local employer, I have got a real understanding of the issues and concerns of Bradford’s residents and local businesses. I will continue to campaign passionately for jobs, investment and a brighter future for the local community."