Two new shortlists for upcoming selections in seats the Conservatives won in 2017, albeit on very different majorities: Aberconwy (Conservative majority: 365) will select on Thursday 7th November, and Sevenoaks (Conservative majority: 21,917) will select on Sunday 10th.
James Bellis. A professional economist, and director of an economics consultancy, Bellis contested Vauxhall in the 2015 General Election and Rotherham in 2017. He lives in London, and his parents are from Aberconwy.
Dan Boucher. Boucher was the lead Conservative candidate for Wales in May’s EU elections, and contested Swansea East in the 2017 General Election. He works as Director of Public Affairs for the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education)
Cllr Robin Millar. Born and raised in Bangor, Millar is a Suffolk County Councillor and a former Deputy Leader of Forest Heath District Council. He works as Strategic Director of the British Veterinary Nursing Association, runs his own management consultancy, and is a former fellow of the Centre for Social Justice. Millar contested Arfon in the 2010 General Election.
Cllr Graham Clack. A Sevenoaks District Councillor since 2015, before that Clack served for four years as a town councillor. In his professional life, he is a self-employed recruitment consultant, and he has previously served as Chairman of the Sevenoaks Conservative Association. Interestingly, he describes himself as a former Trotskyist – a relatively unusual political journey, but a path previously trodden by Eric Pickles.
Stewart Jackson. From 2005 to 2017 Jackson served as Member of Parliament for Peterborough, including a year as PPS to Owen Paterson – a role he resigned from in order to vote for a referendum on the EU. After the 2016 referendum he was appointed PPS to David Davis at the Department for Exiting the European Union. Following the 2017 General Election, he was appointed Special Adviser and Chief of Staff to Davis.
Laura Trott. Not to be confused with the Olympic cyclist of the same name, Trott ran strategic communications in Downing Street under David Cameron and advised him on family and education policy. She co-authored the 2015 Conservative manifesto, and is also a former Councillor in Camden. She is a Partner at Portland Communications, and a Patron of the Ormiston Trust, a charity which seeks to improve the life chances of children and young people.
Reserve: Daniel Hamilton.