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Aldershot (Conservative majority 14,901): Leo Docherty: A veteran of the British Army’s campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan (about which he wrote a book: Desert of Death), Docherty has been Director of the Conservative Middle East Council since 2010 and is a former South Oxfordshire District Councillor. He contested Caerphilly in 2015, and has written several times for this site.
Birmingham Edgbaston (Labour majority 2,706): Caroline Squire: A public affairs and communications consultant, Squire previously worked for the Conservatives in the House of Lords. She is the great, great grand-daughter of Joseph Chamberlain – about whom she has written for ConservativeHome.
Birmingham Northfield (Labour majority 2,509): Meg Powell-Chandler: A former Special Adviser to Greg Clark, Head of Briefing at CCHQ and SpAd in Cameron’s Downing Street, Powell-Chandler has been working on policy for the homelessness charity Crisis since December. She was a late addition to this shortlist, and won a competitive selection last night.
Brentwood and Ongar (Conservative majority 21,810): Alex Burghart: Currently the lead adviser on social justice in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit, Burghart was previously Director of Strategy for the Children’s Commissioner. A former Director of Policy at the CSJ, he also served as a policy adviser at the Department for Education, leading on the Department’s work on the Munro Review of social work and child protection. He is a former history tutor at King’s College London, and has written several times for this site. In the 2015 General Election, he stood against Jeremy Corbyn in Islington North.
Bristol East (Labour majority 3,980): Theo Clarke: An art historian and entrepreneur, Clarke stood in this seat in 2015 and is seeking reselection. She grew up in Gloucestershire and attended Bristol University, and also serves as the director of Conservative Friends of International Development.
Chelmsford (Conservative majority 18,250): Vicky Ford: Born and brought up in Northern Ireland, Ford worked in banking before entering politics. She contested Birmingham Northfield in the 2005 General Election, was elected as a South Cambridgeshire District Councillor, and has been an MEP for the East of England since 2009.
Dagenham and Rainham (Labour majority over UKIP 4,980 – Conservatives third in 2015): Julie Marson. A grammar school girl, who spent her career in finance, Marson faced a strong UKIP challenge in this constituency in 2015. Born in Barking and raised in Chadwell Heath, she is a former Thanet councillor and has served as a magistrate. During the EU referendum campaign she sat on the board of Women for Britain, which supported Vote Leave.
Delyn (Labour majority 2,930): Cllr Matt Wright: A Flintshire councillor, Wright contested Vale of Clwyd in the 2010 General Election and fought Delyn in the Welsh Assembly election in 2011. In 2016 he was the Conservative candidate for North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, and has spent his career in business, including in manufacturing and the defence sector. Jones and his eventual rival for this selection were relatively late additions to the shortlist, but he was selected last night.
Dewsbury (Labour majority 1,451): Beth Prescott: The creator of the #workingclasstories hashtag, Prescott contested Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford in the 2015 General Election at the age of 22. Born and brought up in Dewsbury, she is a former apprentice and supermarket worked. Prescott worked for a time for Simon Reevell, then the Conservative MP for Dewsbury, and has gone on to work in the charity sector. She is a locally licensed Christian preacher.
Dudley North (Labour majority 4,181): Cllr Les Jones: Reselected after fighting this seat in 2015, Jones has twice stood for West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, and contested Halesowen and Rowley Regis in both 2001 and 2005. The founder of a computer supply business, Jones has been a Dudley councillor since 1999 and led the authority in 2011-12.
Gedling (Labour majority 2,986): Carolyn Abbott. The director of a wrought ironwork business in Sheffield, which she runs with her husband, Abbott stood in Gedling 2015. Previously, she was the Conservative candidate in Sheffield Heeley in 2001, Barnsley East and Mexborough in 2005 and Chesterfield in 2010. In 2014 she stood for Yorkshire and Humber in this year’s Euro Elections. She was reselected unopposed last night.
Hove (Labour majority 1,236): Kristy Adams: The owner of a design firm, Adams was shortlisted in Hove back in 2014, and then shortlisted in Faversham and Mid Kent in 2015. She is a former Bedford Borough Councillor and has in the past served as Conservative Area Chair for Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Adams is also a school governor and a campaigner against modern slavery. She won a competitive selection meeting last night.
Hyndburn (Labour majority 4,400): Kevin Horkin: A pet specialist and TV presenter, Horkin stood in Hyndburn in 2015 – having been a councillor there in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was Mayor of Clitheroe in 2013/14.
Lancaster and Fleetwood (Labour majority 1,265): Eric Ollerenshaw. A familiar face to many readers, Ollerenshaw served as MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood from 2010, before being unseated in the 2015 General Election. A former London Assembly Member, he was born and brought up in Lancashire and has written several times for this site. He was confirmed in an unopposed reselection vote last night.
Leicester West (Labour majority 7,203): Jack Hickey: A primary school teacher, Hickey has been chairman of City of Leicester Conservatives since last September. He is a De Montfort University graduate, and serves on the national committee of the Conservative Education Society. In 2015, he narrowly missed out on being elected to Leicester City Council. He won through in a competitive selection process last night.
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland: Simon Clarke: A former solicitor, who works as a Policy Advisor to Graham Stuart MP, Clarke was nominated by the Middlesbrough South Conservative Association as their Parliamentary spokesman back in January 2017, and formally selected after winning a contested selection last night. He fought the neighbouring Middlesbrough constituency in 2015.
Warrington North (Labour majority 8,923): Val Allen. Warrington-based Allen is commercial director at a welding company, where she has worked for most of her career. She contested St Helens South and Whiston in 2010, and Sefton Central in 2015.
Westminster North (Labour majority 1,977): Cllr Lindsey Hall, a former journalist, contested the seat in 2015 and was reselected unopposed last night. She has represented Abbey Road ward on Westminster City Council since 2007 and serves as Deputy Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage.
Workington (Labour majority 4,686): Clark Vasey: A founder of the group Blue Collar Conservatism, Vasey contested Birkenhead in the 2015 General Election. Born and raised in Cumbria, he currently works in corporate affairs for Fujitsu. He has written several times for this site.
Shortlists in target seats
Clacton (UKIP majority 3,437): Cllr Giles Watling, the Conservative candidate in the 2014 by-election and 2015 General Election is up unopposed for reselection today, Saturday 29th April. An actor – best known for playing the vicar in Bread – he is also a councillor on Tendring District Council. With UKIP in trouble and Douglas Carswell reportedly intending to vote for him, this could be Watling’s time.
Coventry North West (Labour majority 4,509): The association will be selecting today, from the following shortlist:
- Resham Kotecha: A strategy adviser by profession, Kotecha is Head of Engagement for Women2Win, and fought the Dulwich and West Norwood constituency in the 2015 General Election. She serves as the Deputy Chair of Northwood Conservatives.
- Cllr Michelle Lowe: Deputy Leader of Sevenoaks District Council, where she has been a councillor for a decade, she holds the housing portfolio in the cabinet. In the 2015 General Election, Lowe stood for the Conservatives in Coventry North East. She has written for this site.
- Cllr Tim Mayer: A Coventry City Councillor, for Westwood ward, Mayer works in sports sales and marketing and is Deputy Chairman of the Coventry Conservative Association. He is also involved in Age UK.
Coventry South (Labour majority 3,188): The candidate for this seat will also be selected today, Saturday 29th April, from the following shortlist:
- Elliot Grainger: A communications consultant, Grainger recently became founding partner in a new agency. He is the founder of a charity which seeks torelief work done by local churches in Iraq.
- Cllr Michelle Lowe: (To find Cllr Lowe’s biography, please see her entry in the North West shortlist, above.)
- Cllr Ken Taylor: A former leader of Coventry City Council (2004-10), and Lord Mayor of Coventry 2002-3), Taylor has been a Conservative councillor here since 1986. Currently serving as Shadow Cabinet member for public health, he is also Chairman of Coventry Conservative Association.
Ellesmere Port and Neston (Labour majority 6,275): The local association will select their candidate this morning from the following shortlist:
- Cllr Charles Fifield: A Cheshire West and Chester District councillor, Fifield is a chartered surveyor by profession. He is currently the Chairman of Weaver Vale Conservative Association. Fifield has FSH muscular dystrophy and is very interested in disability issues – he helped to found the council’s Corporate Disability Access Forum, of which he is Vice-Chair.
- Cllr Nige Jones: A fellow Cheshire West and Chester District councillor, Jones works as Parliamentary Assistant to Graham Evans. In the wider community, he is also Trustee of a local Neston charity.
Oldham East and Saddleworth (Labour majority 6,002): The local association will be selecting today from the following shortlist:
- Kashif Ali: Born and brought up in Oldham, Ali contested the 2010 General Election and 2011 by-election in this seat. A barrister in Manchester, he is also a former Deputy Chairman of Manchester Conservative Federation and trustee of a charity supporting homeless people with mental health issues.
- Sajjad Karim MEP: Lancashire-born and raised, Karim became a solicitor before being elected to the European Parliament, originall as a Liberal Democrat. He defected to the Conservatives in 2007 and has been re-elected twice since then for the North West region. He is also a former councillor.
- Cllr Louise Nathanson: A councillor for Clapham Common ward since 2014, Nathanson is Deputy Leader of the Conservative Opposition on the London Borough of Lambeth. She works in public affairs, specialising in the healthcare sector.
Selection meetings planned for today
Chelmsford: Shortlist and candidate biographies here.
Clacton: Cllr Giles Watling – up for reselection unopposed.
Coventry North West: Shortlist and candidate biographies above.
Coventry South: Shortlist and candidate biographies above.
Ellesmere Port and Neston: Shortlist and candidate biographies above.
Oldham East and Saddleworth: Shortlist and candidate biographies above.
Tynemouth: Shortlist and candidate biographies here.
Wakefield: Shortlist and candidate biographies here.
Newcastle-Under-Lyme: Shortlist not yet revealed.
Wirral West: Shortlist and candidate biographies here.
Saffron Walden: Katherine Bennett has withdrawn her name from the shortlist.