Borough councillor voted in as prospective candidate for North East …
Borough councillor voted in as prospective candidate for North East Hampshire
A BOROUGH councillor has been selected as the potential replacement for North East Hampshire MP James Arbuthnot.
Councillor Ranil Jayawardena3, deputy leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council4, was selected by secret ballot as the prospective Conservative candidate for the constituency at the 2015 General Election.
The vote followed an American-style open primary event at Sherfield School, in Sherfield-on-Loddon, held on Sunday afternoon, where members of the public could ask questions of four candidates.
After the ballot, Cllr Jayawardena retweeted messages of congratulations on Twitter, including one from South East MEP Daniel Hannan.
Mr Arbuthnot announced in 2011 that he intended to step down from his constituency at the next election.
The seat includes Bramley, Hook, Odiham, Sherfield-on-Loddon and Silchester.
- ^ News (www.basingstokegazette.co.uk)
- ^ By Chris Gregory (www.basingstokegazette.co.uk)
- ^ Ranil Jayawardena (www.basingstokegazette.co.uk)
- ^ Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (www.basingstokegazette.co.uk)