Voters to choose MP candidate in Wealden

The candidates for MP - Wealden Conservatives
The candidates for MP - Wealden Conservatives
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Voters in Wealden are being given the chance to choose who the district’s Conservatives put forward to run for MP in the 2015 election.

After a weekend of interviews, the Wealden Conservatives have come up with four different candidates to put before the electorate.

And Wealden residents will be able to vote on who they want to see go for the MP post on December 5 at the East Sussex National Golf Club Hotel, at 7pm.

The candidates are Edward Argar, Tony Caldeira, Nusrat (Nus) Wheeldon and Helen Whately.

Tony Caldeira is a self-made businessman from Liverpool, who stood as Mayor for his home city, and has featured in a two-part BBC documentary as the businessman using British labour in the Chinese textile markets.

Nus Ghani was brought up in Birmingham, Nus worked in financial services and the charity sector before taking on a senior position at the BBC World Service where she spent time with troops in Afghanistan on the front line. Nus stood for Parliament in 2010 in Birmingham.

Helen Whately was born in West Sussex. She is from a family of doctors, and has extensive experience in healthcare reform through her work for McKinsey consultancy. She stood for Parliament in 2010 in Kingston and Surbiton.

Edward Argar grew up in countryside on the Kent/East Sussex border, and is from a family of teachers. Ed sits as a Councillor and has experience working in the business sector. He stood for Parliament in 2010 in Oxford East.

Huw Merriman, Association Chairman, said:“I believe that the voters of Wealden who come on the 5th will be genuinely surprised and pleased by the choice before them.

“The process has produced four candidates who could not be more different.

“We have enjoyed meeting those who applied and we had no fixed template in mind.

“The candidates have all made great efforts already to talk to voters and discover the burning issues.

“You will hear and see a lot more of them between now and December 5.”

To vote you must register before 5pm on December 3. You can register by emailing or calling 01323 489289.