The leader of Northampton Borough Council, David Mackintosh, has been selected as the Conservative Party’s candidate for Northampton South at the next general election.
Councillor Mackintosh won selection as the party’s candidate following a hustings event today and will hope to replace outgoing MP Brian Binley in Parliament.
His selection was made at an open primary hustings event, where voters and party members voted for their preferred candidate.
Four candidates were quizzed by registered voters in Northampton South.
The other candidates were regional chairman of the East Midlands Conservative party, Stephen Mold, Leicestershire resident, Jane Hunt, and Chris Hayward, who is the deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council.
The event, which was held at Sixfields Stadium from 10am, was moderated by journalist and former Conservative MP, Matthew Parris. Around 160 people were in attendance.
Brian Binley, who will retire at the next general election in 2015, won the 2010 election with a majority of 6,000 votes.
Councillor Mackintosh, who will continue as leader of the council, said: “I am delighted to have been selected by my party and members of the public today.
“Northampton is the town where I was born and love, so I am really pleased to be standing for Parliament to represent our town at a national level.
“The regeneration of Northampton is vitally important and we cannot afford to go backwards. My commitment to the town is that I will finish the job and bring Northampton Alive.”