'Chick-lit' author to stand at next general election

A CANDIDATE from David Cameron's famed A-list has been selected to fight for a county seat in the next election.

'Chick-lit' author Louise Bagshawe will battle it out with Phil Hope for the Corby and East Northamptonshire seat at the next election.

The Oxford University graduate was one of 100 people who were included on the list of prospective Parliamentary candidates drawn up by party leaders last year.

Mrs Bagshawe said: "I am so honoured to have been chosen to fight for Corby.

"I wanted to stand at the last election but I was breastfeeding my youngest so I didn't think it was fair.

"We've already put the house on the market and are moving to Corby as soon as we can sell it. My husband and I fell in love with the area as soon as we first visited it."

It is believed the A-list also includes former Coronation Street actor Adam Ricketts and Zac Goldsmith, the multi-millionaire ecologist.

More than half the list is made up of women with 10 per cent from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Mrs Bagshawe said: "I think it's time we had some young mums in Parliament because we have a different take on what may have been the traditional policies of the Conservative party."

The long-standing Conservative party activist, 35, is married to Anthony and currently lives in East Sussex.

She has two children, aged one and three, who will be going to local schools and also has extensive charitable interests, including work with the homeless, Christian organisations and the Terence Higgins Trust which assists people with HIV and Aids.

Current Corby MP Phil Hope, now in his third term as MP for the constituency, said: "It's important for Corby to have substance not celebrity.

"Corby people will not take kindly to a parachuted-in Tory A-list celebrity.

"I will continue to ensure Corby benefits from the substantial investment Labour is putting into the town."

Mrs Bagshawe was chosen from a shortlist of three by Conservative party members and Corby residents during the selection process on Tuesday.

Last year's Conservative candidate Andrew Griffith – who fell about 1,000 votes short in the last election – did not make the final shortlist this time.

Mr Griffith said: "I wish Louise all the best."

But some Conservatives were not happy with the selection of Mrs Bagshawe.

Cllr Bob Rutt said: "I think Andrew has been harshly treated.

"He has fought for the seat twice and fought hard in the last election."