Congratulations to two newly-selected candidates in Conservative-held seats.
In Meriden (Conservative majority: 19,198), Saqib Bhatti (pictured, right) defeated Nick Timothy in the final round of voting. Here is his bio:
Saqib Bhatti. A chartered accountant by profession, Bhatti is a director of Younis Bhatti Ltd and serves as President of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. During the EU referendum he was Co-Secretary General of Muslims for Britain, a campaign group working with Vote Leave. He is a director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and of the Broad Street Business Improvement District.
And in Aberdeen South (Conservative majority: 4,752), where Ross Thomson is standing down, Councillor Douglas Lumsden is the new Conservative candidate:
Cllr Douglas Lumsden has been the co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council since 2017 (in which capacity he is currently in the running for Leader of the Year at the Councillor Awards). He is a school governor, sits on the board of NHS Grampian, and is a graduate of Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University. Prior to entering politics, he spent 20 years working in the IT sector.
Best of luck to both of them, and commiserations to those they defeated.
We are keeping a running list of candidates selected, confirmed shortlists and forthcoming selections here. If you know any information about a forthcoming selection – the date, or the composition of the shortlist, for example, please let us know here.