Mon, 11 Nov 2019
West Berkshire’s Conservatives have chosen their candidate for next month’s general election.
Laura Farris was selected to replace Richard Benyon after a vote last night (Sunday).
Mrs Farris is the daughter of former Newbury Conservative MP Michael McNair-Wilson, who served from 1974 to 1992.
She took to Twitter to announce the news, saying it was “an incredible honour to be selected” as the candidate of “the place where I grew up, am raising my family and which holds such a deep emotional resonance”.
A former political journalist who has also worked for BBC News and Reuters and has previously written for the New York Times and Huffington Post, Mrs Farris is a barrister specialising in employment and equality law.
It’s an incredible honour to be selected to represent my home. The place where I grew up,am raising my family and which holds such a deep emotional resonance. I can’t wait to get started @Conservatives @WestBerksTories pic.twitter.com/QkbRCk5P7X— Laura Farris (@Laura__Farris) November 10, 2019
Mrs Farris grew up in the constituency and now lives with her family nearby. She previously stood as a Parliamentary candidate in Leyton and Wanstead (East London) in the 2017 general election.
Richard Benyon recently announced he wouldn’t be standing again this year, having served as Newbury’s MP since 2005.
The Liberal Democrat candidate is the council’s opposition leader Lee Dillon.
The Labour Party candidate, who was also announced this weekend, is Park House School teacher, James Wilder.