Good luck to James Tumbridge at Monday’s open 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:
“Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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.
Good heavens. MPs (and prospective MPs) seem to get younger every year…
Ellee says about James “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”.
One thing we do need in politics is decent people.
Ellee, greetings from Lesbos (no giggling at the back)
Good luck to this Tumbridge chap. I have a strong mistrust of open primaries due to the opportunities other parties or groups have of skewing the result. But anyway….
Ellee, for all that you say about him, the Tory vote dropped in Norwich North last time, and in an election where the Tories were picking up seats nationally, his performance was not good. Given his record, if I were a labour activist i’d go along and vote for him.
Commiserations to James, the selection was won by Peter Aldous, another great guy who was the Tory candidate there in the last general election.
Nich, you will soon be eating your words…
I was at the selection meeting as a member and the wrong person was chosen- it was obvious from the start that Aldous was going to get it. The meeting was a token gesture. The Waveney Conservatives need some new, younger blood. Aldous will be eaten for breakfast canvassing in the rougher areas of Lowestoft! What a wasted opportunity!