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Hundreds turn out as the Tories hold open primary

Conservative candidate selection meeting in the Northumberland Hall.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was selected to be the candidate for the Berwick constituency

Conservative candidate selection meeting in the Northumberland Hall. Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who was selected to be the candidate for the Berwick constituency

More than 300 people turned out on Friday night to choose the Conservative Party’s candidate for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency at the next General Election.

And at the contest in Alnwick’s Northumberland Hall, Anne-Marie Trevelyan won out over competition from Chris Galley and Lucille Nicholson.

On the first round of voting by secret ballot, she secured the necessary 50 per cent plus one to win the contest.

At the 2010 General Election, Anne-Marie, who is a governor at Berwick Academy and a public governor of the local NHS Trust, secured an 8.3 per cent swing towards the Conservatives.

She is well-known for her campaigns to dual the A1 and roll out superfast broadband across the county.

“I am thrilled that the public have chosen me to be their Conservative candidate for the next election,” she said.

“In reality my campaigning work has never stopped and I look forward to working alongside local people for many years to come.

“My track record of delivering results for local people is behind the support I received at the primary.

“For far too long north Northumberland has been without a voice. We can make a real change to that, first by electing a Conservative county council in May, and then by voting Conservative at the General Election scheduled for 2015.”

Local Conservatives claim that their open invitation to the public to choose their ‘next Conservative MP’ in a US-style primary was a first for North East politics.

Berwick-upon-Tweed Conservatives association chairman John Rae said: “We are delighted with the whole process and to get more than 300 people to turn up on a cold winter night was a very good response to opening up politics.”

 

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