Mary Macleod says she is “thrilled” to have been selected as Conservative candidate for Brentford & Isleworth constituency, and Conservative members say they are “delighted” to have her. She won the backing of the local Conservative association last night with an outright majority in the first ballot.
Speaking after the meeting, Sally Stephens, a supporter and friend of Mary’s said her selection was “well deserved”. Chiswick resident Brian Lynch added: “Two years ago we were devastated that Mary lost by just 465 votes after working so hard as our MP. Tonight’s selection is the first step in putting that right and winning back this seat for the Conservatives.” Brentford resident Patrick Barr said: “I’m delighted by the selection decision tonight. Mary is totally committed to making a difference both locally and nationally and is absolutely the right person to be the Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth again.”
She beat Olympian James Cracknell OBE, who lives locally and has raised funds for the Brentford & Isleworth Association and Christopher Salmon, the required third nominee put forward by Conservative Party Central Office. All three gave speeches and then answered questions from Conservative party members in a closed meeting at St Paul’s Church Grove Park last night. Nearly 200 members attended and questions from the floor covered a wide range of topics including Brexit, Heathrow expansion, transport, housing, jobs, social care, NHS, town centre development, school meals, abortion, assisted dying – as well as general questions on campaigning strategy and plans between now and the 8th June.
Mary thanked them for the vote of confidence: “I am honoured to be selected as your candidate, and look forward to serving you and all the hardworking people of this wonderful constituency again” she said. Julian Tanner, Chairman of the B&I Conservative Association, remarked on the strong interest in the selection process both locally and nationally. “B&I is a key marginal which we know we can win convincingly” … “With the proposed boundary changes likely to take effect in 2018, this seat will be a Conservative one for many years to come.”