Parliamentary candidate for general election selected

Thomas Pursglove (centre) with Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone and Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps
Thomas Pursglove (centre) with Wellingborough and Rushden MP Peter Bone and Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps

The Conservative parliamentary candidate for Corby and East Northamptonshire in the 2015 general election has been announced.

Thomas Pursglove, from Wellingborough, has been a Wellingborough Councillor for six years after being elected in 2007 when he was 18-years-old.

Speaking to the Telegraph today, he said: “Last night I was selected as the Conservative candidate for the general election.

“It is an immense honour to be the candidate. I look forward to getting out there, knocking on doors, meeting local people and campaigning on issues that matter to them.”

A statement on the Conservative Party website today said: “Tom grew up and lives in nearby Wellingborough and is well known locally as a result of his political activity and sporting interests. “Elected to serve on Wellingborough Council in 2007 at the age of 18, Tom is very familiar with the issues facing Corby and the local area, relishing the opportunity to represent constituents in 2015.

“As Deputy Chairman Political of the Wellingborough Conservative Association, Tom is an experienced campaigner and has been involved with a winning run of twelve successive local by-election victories to both the borough council and the East Northamptonshire District Council.

“Tom currently works as a researcher for Daventry MP Chris Heaton Harris and has worked closely with Peter Bone MP, assisting him in engaging with local residents, identifying issues of concern and taking action to resolve them.

Commenting on his selection Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, said: “Winning this seat back will be no easy task - Andy Sawford MP is working extremely hard - but as a local candidate with a proven track record of winning seats from Labour, representing and holding a former Labour stronghold on the Borough Council, organising and encouraging activists and leading a team, I believe Tom is best placed to achieve this.”