James Cartlidge
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South Suffolk Tories elect new parliamentary candidate

A 40-year-old councillor has been chosen as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the South Suffolk constituency where the sitting MP Tim Yeo has been deselected.

Businessman and married father of four James Cartlidge was chosen from a shortlist of three on Friday night.

The local party had said they wanted a local man who would put the constituency first.

Mr Yeo had been criticised by some who accused him of putting his business interests before his constituency duties, but the 69-year-old had always denied this.

Mr Cartlidge, a councillor at Babergh District Council, will defend a Conservative majority of 8,600 at the next General Election.

BBC East's Andrew Sinclair reports.

  • 12 Jul 2014