Good luck to James Tumbridge at Monday’s open image primary where hopes to be selected as Conservative parliamentary candidate for Waveney, which has a Labour majority of less than 6,000. There are three other finalists contesting the nomination.

You may remember that last October, James made a dramatic transatlantic dash back to the UK after flying to Canada to take part in the finals for Mid-Norfolk, but was unsuccessful. It was all the more incredible because he was originally standing against 18-A listers, which he was not included on. It seemed like a David and Goliath battle – and James more than excelled himself.

Barrister James has East Anglian roots and says:

“I’ve been very fortunate to work all over the world, but my heart always draws me back to East Anglia. Growing up on the Norfolk/Suffolk border I have always had a love of our region and that is why I’m so pleased that Waveney Conservatives have given me the honour of asking the local people to choose me as their candidate for the next election.

I worked with James during the last general election campaign when he stood as a candidate in Norwich North, I know how committed and dedicated he is, that he is a thoroughly decent person and would be a great asset for Conservatives – and Waveney.