THE runners-and-riders for a primary to decide a party’s parliamentary candidate have been announced.
The Journal recently reported how the Conservative party in Berwick had decided to stage an open primary to select its candidate to fight the constituency at the next general election.
Tories have called it “an unprecedented moved in North East politics”.
They have now announced the three candidates who will fight for the right to contest a seat held for 40 years by Liberal Democrat veteran Sir Alan Beith.
They are Chris Galley, Lucille Nicholson and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Mr Galley lives by the Otterburn Ranges in Northumberland where he runs a sheep farm. He has worked for Shell for 29 years and is currently the company’s scheduling manager.
Mr Galleys plays rugby for Border Park and is also the club chairman. He is also deputy chairman of Hexham Conservative Association.
Mrs Nicholson is a farmer and businesswoman. She is currently chairman of North Durham Conservative Association and former chairman of Conservative Business Relations (North East), a body which organises networking and policy events for businesses. Mrs Nicholson has contested general elections twice, in 1997 for the Referendum Party and 2005 for the Tories. She was educated at London University.
Mrs Trevelyan, a chartered accountant, lives and works in Northumberland.
She is a governor of Berwick Academy and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and campaign director for the Dual The A1 and Broadband4Northumberland campaigns.
Mrs Trevelyan fought Sir Alan at the 2010 election and was defeated, but achieved an 8.3% swing in favour of the Tories.
Residents who are registered to vote in the Berwick constituency are able to vote at the open primary, which will take place at 7pm on February 8, at the Northumberland Hall in Alnwick.
John Rae, chairman of the Berwick Conservative Association, said: “Local residents have shown great enthusiasm for the open primary by booking their places early in large numbers. The huge appetite we are seeing for our selection meeting is a welcome sign that many people want to engage with politics and with the local Conservative party.
“I am delighted to announce the names of the three excellent candidates who will appear at the open primary – Chris Galley, Lucille Nicholson and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
“On the evening of the open primary, the public will put their questions to these candidates and have the final say on who goes forward to be their next Conservative MP. There has been strong interest in the meeting and registration remains open, and those interested are encouraged to register attendance.”
To register to attend, phone 01665 602106 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Local residents have shown great enthusiasm by booking their places early