Last night I was selected as the Conservative candidate to be the next MP for the Croydon Central constituency, following Andrew Pelling’s decision not to stand for re-election. I’ve decided to start this blog as a (hopefully sometimes light-hearted) record of the campaign.
The selection process was a really nerve-wracking experience. Most people who want to be MPs apply for seats all over the country and, if they’re successful, move their families to wherever they’re selected. But I wouldn’t want to move away from Croydon - our roots, family and friends are all here - so this was the only seat I was going to apply for, which meant the pressure was on. And I was up against some other really strong local candidates like (in no particular order!) Peter Campbell, Lynne Hale, Lindsay Frost and Tim Pollard.
Anyhow, I’m honoured to have been selected and the campaign starts today - well on Monday actually as I’m taking my wife Karen to New York for the weekend as a Valentine’s present.