D-Day for Pelsall councillor’s parliamentary hopes

Coun Marco Longhi

Coun Marco Longhi

Pelsall councillor Marco Longhi could find out tonight (January 22) if he is the next Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Aldridge-Brownhills.

Coun Longhi, who has represented Pelsall ward since 1999, is one of four shortlisted candidates who will go through the Aldridge-Brownhills Conservative Association interview process. The winning candidate is expected to be announced tonight, after the original selection date in December was postponed.

The Aldridge-Brownhills seat has been held by Sir Richard Shepherd since 1979. The Eurosceptic MP, who announced in October last year that he was to retire at the next general election, won with a 15,256 majority at the 2010 poll.

John Fisher has already been named as the Labour PPC for the seat, while Paul White has been selected by UKIP. All parliamentary candidates must be named by March 31, 2015, the day that the UK Parliament is dissolved.

The general election takes place on Thursday,  May 7.

 

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