Young Conservative bids to become parliamentary candidate

A graduate from Rushden has become the second person today to declare an interest in becoming the prospective Conservative candidate for the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election.

Peter Bedford, who is aged just 26, is already on the Conservatives’ list of approved parliamentary candidates.

He joins Corby councillor David Sims who also expressed his interest to Conservative Campaign Headquarters today.

Peter grew up in Rushden and attended The Ferrers Specialist Arts College in Higham Ferrers before going on to study law at the University of Leicester.

His mum was a single parent and he has two younger brothers. He was the first person in his family to attend university and said that he got into politics aged 15 to help

He said: “I’ve been fairly active in politics since then.

“It was difficult being a young Conservative in Rushden in 2000 but I don’t believe you should be a Conservative because you’re rich or privileged.

“It’s about what you believe in. I think that when you work together you can achieve more.”

Peter represented Rushden Pemberton ward on East Northamptonshire Council from 2007 to 2011 but gave up his role as he could not dedicate enough time to it alongside his full-time job as an internal auditor for a construction materials company in Leicestershire.

He now lives in Leicestershire but says he would move back to Northamptonshire if he were selected as a candidate.

He said: “My whole family still lives in the area and I do think it’s important that you live alongside the people you represent.”

Peter said he believes the most important issue in Corby and East Northamptonshire is jobs. He said: “We need to create more jobs and they need to be sustainable.

“By attracting private sector investment in Corby we can create jobs for local people who may be graduating and may not find much on offer for them in our area.

“We also need to make the banks lend money to businesses.”

At just 26, if elected, Peter would be Parliament’s youngest MP. He said: “I don’t think being young is a problem, in fact I think it helps me related to younger voters.

“I do have lots of life experience. I come from a background where we had to work for everything we have. We didn’t have a lot of money and I do think I break the mould for what people think of when they imagine a young Conservative.

“My brother has special needs and I have been a bit of a father figure to him. MY background has given me the motivation to stand for selection.”