Since Sir George Young MP announced his decision to step down at the end of this parliament, speculation has been rife about who will succeed him.
With bets being placed on London Mayor Boris Johnson it is instead his deputy Kit Malthouse AM, who has been selected by the Conservative Association to succeed Sir George after decades of service to the people of North West Hampshire.
Mr Malthouse, 47, is a London Assembly Member and Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise. First elected to Westminster Council in 1998 he has held a number of positions, and was previously Deputy Mayor for Policing where he took action on violence against women and dangerous dogs. He is married and has three children.
Two men and two women were chosen to face association members this evening and each had 30 minutes to convince party members that they should be selected to stand for parliament as the Conservative candidate.
Speaking after the selection meeting, an association member told Andover & Villages “Kit Malthouse spoke last of the four candidates and was for me the clear winner, taking the necessary 50% plus vote on the first ballot.”
“All candidates spoke well and had to deal initially with a number of question put to them by Matthew Paris who then took questions from the audience. There were about two hundred NW Hampshire Conservative party members present who were clearly taking their responsibility very seriously. After all, Kit Malthouse will very likely be the next MP and he needs to be able to represent ALL constituents.”
With the constituency being one of the top 40 safest in the country the statistics suggest Mr Malthouse will likely hold the seat for the Conservative Party at next year’s general election and become the next MP for North West Hampshire.