Sunday, 24 March 2013

Tories select 2015 election candidate

JOURNALIST and author Julian Knight has been selected as the man Conservatives want to seize back Solihull at the next General Election.


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Mr Knight was selected from 38 applicants as the Conservatives’ prospective Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 poll.

In 2005, Liberal Democrat Lorely Burt oveturned a 9,407 Tory majority – 45 per cent of the vote – to take Solihull with a margin of just 279, 39.9 per cent of the vote.

The 2010 poll was even narrower when – after several recounts – Mrs Burt beat Maggie Throup with 179 votes.

Chester-born Mr Knight studied History at Hull University and was the BBC News personal finance and consumer affairs reporter from 2002 to 2007.

He then joined The Independent and is a senior editor covering money, property and economics.

Solihull Conservatives said he has been a “party activist for nearly a decade”.

In a press release, he said: "It is an absolute thrill for me to be selected by Solihull Conservatives as their candidate.

“I am really looking forward to taking the fight to our opponents and winning the seat back for the Conservative Party.

Solihull is a great place to live, with a close-knit community and I firmly believe that the Conservative party best represents the values and aspirations of Silhillians.”

Constituency chairman Robert Hulland said; “Julian clearly understood the issues facing the residents of Solihull and I very much look forward to working with him to win back Solihull.”

This week’s Solihull Observerquotes Mrs Burt saying Mr Knight as been “parachuted” into the borough “with no track record or understanding of the issues here in Solihull”.

Mr Knight is quoted saying: “It seems particularly rich for Lorely Burt to launch such an attack considering that she came to Solihull from Dudley to further her intense political ambitions and currently spends most of the week in London.”

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1 comment:

  1. I see that Mr Knight's books include Retiring Wealthy For Dummies and The Royal Wedding For Dummies. Many people on Solihull are already experts on those topics :)