Fresh-faced Tory gunning to be new Havant MP

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THE man gunning to be the next MP for Havant has declared he wants to do everything he can to improve the borough’s schools and protect its natural beauty.

Alan Mak landed the role as the Conservative Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat following a primary election.

The public got to vote for who they wanted the party to stand at next year’s general election and decided the fresh-faced 30-year-old was better than the three he was up against.

It took three ballots to decide a winner as none of the Tory candidates bagged the majority of the vote in the first two rounds.

In the end it came to just Mr Mak and Michael McManus – responsible for setting up the Independent Press Standards Organisation – before the winner was declared.

Mr Mak, who comes from Yorkshire, told The News: ‘Education is my political passion and I want to foster more co-operation with schools in the area, actively involving high-performing schools with those that are still progressing.

‘It’s about sharing best practice.’

Mr Mak said he wants to pressure the Environment Agency to fund flood defences and protect the Blue Flag status of Hayling Island’s beaches.

Current Tory Havant MP David Willetts reserved praise for the new candidate. ‘He has got my 100 per-cent support,’ he said.

Ninety-six candidates originally showed an interest in the Tory candidacy after Mr Willetts announced he will be standing down at the general election.

The list was scaled down to 12 before four went before the public on Saturday at Oaklands Catholic School, in Waterlooville.

The two other candidates were Chris Hayward, responsible for education in Hertfordshire, and Charlotte Vere, general secretary of the Independent Schools Council.

Mr McManus said: ‘Mr Mak is obviously a very talented young man and would be a conscientious MP.’