Pelsall councillor Marco Longhi has lost his bid to be the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency.
At a selection meeting last night, the Conservative association chose Conservative Party vice-chairman Wendy Morton to fight Sir Richard Shepherd’s seat.
Four candidates were shortlisted.
Morton, who has built up an electronics and manufacturing business with her husband, describes herself as “typically Yorkshire”:
“I am a bit like where I am from. Yorkshire people work hard and talk straight – and I understand I am no exception,” she says on her website.
“I am sure I inherited my work ethic and common-sense approach from my parents who are typical Yorkshire people. I was brought up in a small community and have lived the word community all my life. I believe in the power and potential of community life and know that when communities work together, they can bring about significant change.”
Sir Richard, who has represented the Aldridge-Bronwhills ward since 1979, announced in October last year that he was stepping down at the next general election.