Congratulations to Matthew Vickers for being selected as our @Conservatives PPC for Stockton South, working to win.
— Brandon Lewis (@BrandonLewis) November 1, 2018
Another local candidate, Vickers has apparently lived in and around the area for all his life, attending both school and university locally. He sports degrees in both business management and law, and worked in retail management.
Elected to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council in 2015, Vickers now serves as leader of the Conservative group. He was also the Tory candidate in the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner election for Cleveland, coming second, and was previously agent for Rishi Sunak MP.
From 2010 to 2017, Stockton South was one of a bare handful of Conservative seats in the North East. James Wharton lost by just under 900 votes at the last election, after previously securing a majority of over 5,000 in 2015. Our previous examination of Tory intakes suggest that selecting local candidates markedly improves the Party’s chances, and given a couple of years to bed in as a candidate (and a better-run national campaign) Vickers may have a strong chance of recapturing this seat.
To win the selection he came out ahead of Louise Thistlethwaite, an association officer in Barrow & Furness, and Sanjoy Sen, who writes for this site.