Tories pick Suella Fernandes to represent them in Fareham election

Mike Taylor, operations director at Society of St James with the leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones.

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DYNAMIC Suella Fernandes will represent Fareham at the next general election after she was chosen by the Conservative party as parliamentary candidate.

The 34-year-old will stand for election in May when current Fareham MP Mark Hoban steps down.

Suella Fernandes, parliamentary candidate for Fareham

Suella Fernandes, parliamentary candidate for Fareham

A political hustings took place today at Fareham College, where Ms Fernandes came out as the winner in the first round, beating Portsmouth’s council leader Donna Jones, Nick Rose, from Bournemouth and Jeremy Quin, from Buckinghamshire.

Ms Fernandes, a barrister from London, said she was looking forward to standing in Fareham.

Ms Fernandes said: ‘I am thrilled, delighted and excited, if a little bit nervous.

‘It is a real honour to have this opportunity to serve the borough of Fareham in parliament.’

Thomas Fyfe, chairman of the Fareham Conservative Association, said: ‘I am pleased that Suella has been selected by Fareham Conservative members to stand as our candidate in the upcoming general election.

‘Suella will be a great MP for Fareham and make a significant contribution to our local community and in Westminster.

‘Suella stood out because of her commitment to serving the people of Fareham.

‘We look forward to working with them in the months ahead.’