Surbiton's new Tory opposition

The Conservatives choose their new parliamentary candidate for Kingston and Surbiton.

Helen Whately (30), won the nomination ahead of ex-leader of Kingston Council, Kevin Davis, and will now fight Liberal Democrat MP Edward Davey for the Kingston and Surbiton seat at the next general election.

Mrs Whately, who is married and lives in central London, said her freshness would be an advantage and she would fight her campaign on the streets and make more use of the internet.

She said, "None of us had any idea how the vote went, I'm extremely pleased and look forward to working with the party."


I believe that a move to Kingston (Surbiton borders!) is in the offing. I suppose that at least she is a Londoner, rather than the Lib Dem who came from Nottingham.

Surely I'm reading this wrong. The Conservatives are putting forward a candidate who doesn't even live in the borough against a Lib Dem candidate who does?

I have it on good authority that the new Conservative canditate will be moving to Surbition in the next month. So you needn't worry and you will she a lot more of her than the Liberal's would like.

If the Conservative candidate does not live in the borough she will be working in the borough or must own a proprty there as these are the rules you have to comply with if you stand as a party candidate in a local election.

n.chatham (hopefully a future borough resident)

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