Could former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss stand to replace outgoing Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch?

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss

A political blogger is speculating that outgoing England cricket captain Andrew Strauss could be set to stand for a vacant MP seat in Northamptonshire.

Paul Staines, posting under his Guido Fawkes pseudonym, has suggested the double Ashes-winning hero could be set to change careers and challenge for the position in Corby and East Northamptonshire.

A by-election was triggered on August 6, when Louise Mensch announced her resignation and intention to quit the UK to be with husband Peter in New York.

Strauss announced his resignation from all forms of professional cricket in a press conference earlier this afternoon.

Writing in his blog today, Mr Staines said: “Many have been wondering why England captain Andrew Strauss has quit international cricket. While it’s probably has more to do with his bad couple of years at the crease and major dramas in the dressing room, it’s well known that Andrew is a Tory and rumoured that he has an interest in moving into politics. He raised £25,000 for the party at a 2011 fund-raiser.

“With the Tories struggling to find a candidate for the Corby by-election, perhaps it’s time for Strauss to serve again. Selection meeting is this Friday, could he rise from the Corby ashes?”

Corby borough councillor Rob McKellar said: “I couldn’t rule out voting for Andrew Strauss as a Conservative candidate if the rumours were to be true. I would like our next MP to be somebody who lives in the constituency and who has Corby and East Northamptonshire at heart.

“But that is not to say a high-profile candidate couldn’t achieve this, while raising the profile of the area at the same time.”