High Peak

The Conservative Association in High Peak (Labour majority: 2,322) has selected its candidate to take back the seat from Ruth George at the next election. The constituency was Conservative-held from 2010-2017, and will be high on the Tory target list as a constituency to regain.

The winner of the selection was Robert Largan.

A chartered accountant at Marks and Spencer, Largan grew up in Bury and contested Bury South for the Conservatives in 2017. He served as a Hammersmith and Fulham councillor from 2014-17, and worked in Parliament for Greg Hands MP, before returning to the North West.

Bury North

Continuing a theme, on Saturday Conservatives in Bury North (Labour majority: 4,375) met to choose their candidate. This is another seat that was seized in 2010, only to be lost again last year.

Their chosen candidate is Cllr James Daly (pictured, right).

A criminal defence solicitor by profession, Daly has been a Bury councillor since 2012, representing the North Manor ward, and is currently Leader of Bury Conservatives. At the end of 2015, he was selected as Conservative candidate for the Oldham West and Royton by-election, and he contested Bolton North East at the 2017 General Election.

Commiserations to the unsuccessful contenders, and congratulations to Robert and James.