On Saturday, Conservative members in Montgomeryshire will gather to select a new Parliamentary candidate, following Glyn Davies’ announcement that he intends to stand down after nine years as MP.
With the majority of the Parliamentary Conservative Party having been first elected since 2010, this is a relatively rare selection for a Conservative-held seat. Most that take place are for a target constituency currently held by another party.
Having been held by the Liberals and then the Liberal Democrats from 1983-2010, Davies gained the seat with a majority of 1,184 in 2010, and saw his majority swell to 9,285 in 2017.
There are four candidates through to the final round of selection. They are:
Oliver Harvey: As Deutsche Bank’s Head of Brexit Research, Harvey’s day job involves close study of the topic currently at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Among other outlets, he has written for The Times on the economic performance of the UK since the referendum. Prior to his work in financial services, he took a Master’s degree in Political Science at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where he also wrote for a weekly current affairs magazine on international relations.
Cllr Amanda Jenner. A councillor in Montgomeryshire, she was first elected to Powys County Council in 2017. Cllr Jenner previously worked as a solicitor, and is also a qualified secondary school teacher and former private tutor. Alongside her council work, she is a local school governor and sits on the Powys Fostering Panel. She recently made headlines by opposing a pay-rise for councillors.
Dom Morris. A fourth-generation farmer, working on the family farm in the Cotswolds, Morris began his career as a pilot in the RAF but broke his back in flying training. He later worked for the Prince’s Trust getting disadvantaged young people back into work, before working as a Political Officer in Afghanistan, Syria and the response to Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, among other locations. He sits on the DWP’s Social Security Advisory Committee, and was recently appointed to the Cotswolds Area Of Natural Beauty Board. Morris contested the Exeter constituency in the 2015 General Election. His ConservativeHome articles can be found here.
Craig Williams. As MP for Cardiff North from 2015-2017, during which time he served as PPS to David Gauke, Williams was unfortunate to lose his seat despite increasing his vote. Since April of this year he has been a Special Adviser to the Brexit Secretary. He stood against Rhodri Morgan in the 2007 Welsh Assembly elections, cut his political teeth as a Cardiff City Councillor from 2008-2015, and contested the Cardiff South and Penarth by-election in 2012 before succeeding Jonathan Evans as MP for Cardiff North. Williams is from Montgomeryshire, and at one time worked for Glyn Davies a researcher in the Welsh Assembly.