Tory reselected to contest Berwick seat

Theresa May and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
Theresa May and Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the most recent MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has been unanimously reselected as the Conservative candidate for the seat.

At a meeting of Conservative Association members on Friday night, Mrs Trevelyan was given resounding backing by her local party to fight the seat again, having won the constituency in 2015 when the Lib Dem Alan Beith stood down after 42 years as MP.

Mrs Trevelyan said: “I have only been the MP for two years, but I have a strong record of achievement. I hope I have shown what can be achieved for north Northumberland when you have an MP able to take the issues we face straight to the top to effect change.

“It has only been two years, but already the A1 dualling project is well under way, more and more homes have access to superfast broadband, we have a new enterprise zone in Berwick and £2million for the redevelopment of the town’s port.

“I hope local people have seen I am a passionate voice for them in Westminster and I’m not afraid to speak my mind and roll my sleeves up to get things done.”

Mrs Trevelyan received 16,603 votes in 2015, a majority of around 5,000, as she took a 41 per cent share of the vote.

So far, it has been confirmed that Liberal Democrat Julie Pörksen will be standing again this year, while the Green Party has revealed its candidate, Thomas Stewart. Ukip announced earlier today that it will not be contesting the Berwick seat this year.