A LONG LIST of 12 candidates has been chosen by the Conservatives to stand in Havant in May next year.
MP David Willetts is stepping down. Out of 96 applicants, a final 12 have been long-listed and will be interviewed tomorrow. Four will go to a public vote on October 25.
The candidates are:
Cllr Antonia Cox, a Westminster councillor
Barrister Suella Fernandes
Sian Flynn, of the Parole Board for England and Wales
Journalist turned businessman Mark Fox
Chris Hayward, deputy leader of Herts County Council
Sarah Heald, a partner at financial PR firm Finsbury
Sarah Macken, the chief executive of ESCO
Alan Mak, an entrepreneur and investor
Michael McManus, who was transitional executive director of the Press Complaints Commission
Luke Parker, associate partner at IBM and son of publicans at who ran The Star in Havant
Laura Trott, an adviser to the Prime Minister on education and family policy
Charlotte Vere, executive director of the Girls’ Schools Association