BREAKING: Bury St Edmunds Conservative Parliamentary candidate chosen

Johanna Churchill
Johanna Churchill

The Conservative candidate who will represent Bury St Edmunds at next year’s General Election is Johanna Churchill.

The Lincolnshire county councillor and businesswoman was adopted by the town’s Conservative Association tonight in a secret ballot - beating fellow hopefuls James Cleverly, Helen Whately and Zehra Zaidi.

Mrs Churchill, 50, aims to replace MP David Ruffley who chose to stand down at next year’s General Election after it emerged he had accepted a police caution for assaulting his former partner.

The mum of four is a county councillor representing a ward in Grantham, is a healthcare campaigner, school governor and runs a construction company employing 20 people.

She has family and friends in the Bury area.

In an interview with the Bury Free Press, Mrs Churchill said she plans to move to Bury St Edmunds soon and ‘can’t wait to get local’ to understand the issues facing the town.

Andrew Speed, association chairman added: “I’m delighted that Jo has been chosen from what was a very strong shortlist and know that she will make an excellent and hardworking MP for the constituency.

“The hard work really starts here as we fight to secure a Conservative majority in next year’s local and general elections.”

Sarah Stamp, deputy chairman (political and campaigning) who will be working with Jo on her election campaign, added: “I’m thrilled with the choice. Jo is an extremely likeable, tenacious and determined lady with a strong sense of community who will absolutely put down roots in the constituency, work closely with all of us who live here and will be a force to be reckoned with when fighting our cause in Westminster.”

See Friday’s Bury Free Press for the full interview.