West Suffolk Tories announce candidate

THE 31-year-old chief of staff to shadow chancellor George Osborne has been chosen by West Suffolk Tories as their candidate for the General Election.

Graham Dines

THE 31-year-old chief of staff to shadow chancellor George Osborne has been chosen by West Suffolk Tories as their candidate for the General Election.

Matthew Hancock, who is married with two children, defeated five other candidates to win the nomination on the final ballot of party members at a meeting today in Mildenhall.

When he was declared the winner Mr Hancock said: “I'm not local so I will work hard to be a visible part of the constituency.”


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Born in Cheshire, Mr Hancock was educated at the Kings School in Chester and got a first class degree in politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.

He worked for five years at the Bank of England, where he specialised in the housing market, before becoming chief of staff to Mr Osborne in 2005.

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Current West Suffolk MP Richard Spring is not seeking re-election.

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