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Congratulations to Dr Neil Shastri-Hurst, who has been selected as the candidate to succeed Owen Paterson in North Shropshire (Conservative majority: 22,949).

His website has gone private, presumably preceding a makeover, but previously described him as “a veteran, surgeon, and barrister” as well as “a senior officer within the Voluntary Conservative Party”. The BBC reports that he’s a former Army Medical Officer and “honorary NHS consultant”. He has also contributed to this site.