Amid all the national news, the selection of Parliamentary candidates continues to rumble on.
Next to select, at an Association meeting this Thursday, is Birmingham Northfield. Richard Burden gained the seat for Labour in 1992 and has held it for the ensuing 27 years, currently with a majority of 4,667 votes.
The three candidates who have made it through to the final selection meeting are:
Cllr Tim Mayer. A Coventry City Councillor, for Westwood ward, Mayer works in sports sales and marketing and is Deputy Chairman of the Heartlands Conservative Association. In 2017 he was the Conservative candidate in Coventry North East. He sits on the Board of Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, and is a former board member of Age UK Birmingham.
Jonathan Gullis. A teacher and Head of Year at a Birmingham secondary school, Gullis is Secretary for the Conservative Education Society and has served as a union representative for the NASUWT for the last three years. At the 2017 General Election he contested the constituency of Washington and Sunderland West, and he currently serves as Deputy Chairman of Stratford-on-Avon Conservative Association. He has written on education policy for ConservativeHome.
Cllr Gary Sambrook. A Birmingham City Councillor, he gained the Kingstanding ward for the Conservatives for the first time since the 1960s back in 2014. He serves as Shadow Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods in the Conservative council group. Formerly a Campaign Manager for the Conservative Party, since 2015 he has worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to James Morris MP.