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Lincolnshire businesswoman Jo Churchill chosen to replace David Ruffley as new Conservative candidate for Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 10:45 05 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:45 05 November 2014

Lincolnshire businesswoman and councillor Jo Churchill is the new Tory candidate for Bury St Edmunds.

Lincolnshire businesswoman and councillor Jo Churchill is the new Tory candidate for Bury St Edmunds.

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Lincolnshire businesswoman and councillor Jo Churchill is the new Tory candidate for Bury St Edmunds.

Mrs Churchill, 50, is the county councillor for Grantham, the birthplace of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

She beat off three other candidates to win the nomination to succeed David Ruffley as Conservative standard bearer in Bury St Edmunds.

She will almost certainly become the second woman MP in Suffolk next May – she will defend a 12,380 Conservative majority.

After winning the nomination at a meeting of 120 party members, Mrs Churchill said: “I am absolutely delighted, over the moon, to have been selected. I am almost speechless.

“I will be moving to the constituency, and I will be setting up a base here straight away.”

She is married with four daughters and she said the whole family was looking forward to establishing a home in the constituency.

She would be spending the next 184 days before the general election getting to know the area and the people and she said her main aims were to help to bring new business and prosperity to the area.

The Bury association was forced to look for a new candidate after current MP David Ruffley announced in July that he would not be standing again in next May’s general election.

Mr Ruffley was first elected in 1997 with a majority of just 368 over Labour’s Mark Ereira. Since then the Tory majority has increased steadily – it was 12,380 in 2010 – while Mr Ereira has switched from Labour to the Green Party.

However this year Mr Ruffley accepted a police caution for common assault following a domestic incident in London, and after weeks of debate, the MP announced he would not stand again next year.

It was the second personal issue to affect Mr Ruffley – in 2010 he spent some weeks away from Parliament recovering from minor injuries after falling under a train.

The new candidate will be expected by the party to take an active role in Bury St Edmunds life over the next few months – and to base themselves in the constituency after next year’s election if the Conservatives are successful.

The seat itself is seen as one of the Conservative’s most attractive prospects and attracted scores of applicants which were whittled down to a long list of 11 and a shortlist of four before yesterday’s meeting.

13 comments

  • I would never vote for anyone who does not live in the local constituency. What on earth does she know about Bury and the surrounding area. To import out of area candidate, is a big no-no for me

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    bures

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • Very attractive woman, makes a nice change.

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    Sudders

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • Sudders re 'Lincolnshire' my point exactly not exactly local! Esco very droll lol

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    mjf

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Adopting a centrally approved candidate for guaranteed election is not an edifying process. More North Korea than Magna Carta.

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    Blackeye

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • She is an established word spinner already - should be popular with Conservatives: - " she said the whole family was looking forward to establishing a home in the constituency " that is presumably PR speak for something like we will have our main home somewhere else & may yet have other homes as well.

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    Tolkny O

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Same old identikit MP with noses ready to get in that trough ready for UKIP to make a change.

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    peter lee

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Just another party apparatchik who cares nothing about the constituency she hopes to "represent" and is more interested in her own career than the people of Bury and its surrounding area.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • mjf, Lincolnshire is hardly 'local'. As for the green party, well the least said the better.

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    Sudders

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • @mjf David Ruffley certainly had his hand firmly on something.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • As I have commented before ,David Rufflley will be a difficult act to follow,with his hand firmly on the local pulse.Nice to see we have a local candidate who knows the area well! I suppose it is slightly better than one 'up from London don't you know'

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    mjf

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Really Pandy? move to an area before getting the job, not usually done that way round for this sort of a job

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    spanner16

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Support the Suffolk candidate, the Green Party candidate, Helen Geake

    Helen_2

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    John Green

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • What spend the next 184 days in bury then sod off if she gets voted in ,no my lady why have you not moved here before or visited us ,

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    pandy

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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