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LOCAL AUTHORITY FIGURE IN LINE FOR PARLIAMENTARY SEAT

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Bob Neill, Conservative leader in the London Assembly, has been chosen to fight the forthcoming Bromley and Chisleh...
Bob Neill, Conservative leader in the London Assembly, has been chosen to fight the forthcoming Bromley and Chislehurst by-election for the party.

He was selected by constituency party chiefs following the recent sudden death of local Conservative MP and former minister Eric Forth, who held the seat with a majority of 13,342 at the last general election.

Mr Neill said: 'It's a great honour to be selected to fight Bromley and Chislehurst. I have enjoyed representing the area for six years as a member of the London Assembly and I hope to have the opportunity to do so as its member of parliament.'

Conservative leader David Cameron commented: 'I warmly congratulate Bob Neill on his selection. He will be an outstanding candidate and an outstanding champion for Bromley and Chislehurst, a constituency he already knows extremely well as its representative on the GLA. I look forward very much to campaigning with him in the by-election.'

And Bernard Jenkin, deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for candidates, said: 'We are absolutely delighted that Bob has been selected as the candidate for Bromley and Chislehurst. He is the natural successor to Eric Forth, with unrivalled experience and local knowledge.'

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