An ex Downing Street chief and adviser to former Prime Minister Theresa May has failed in his bid to run as a Tory candidate in the general election.
Nick Timothy was beaten by accountant Saqib Bhatti, who was selected to run for the Meriden seat in Solihull in the West Midlands.
Mr Bhatti will contest the seat to replace Dame Caroline Spelman.
In September, Conservative Dame Caroline decided not to run in the election, citing the "intensity of abuse arising out of Brexit".
Mr Bhatti, president of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, was picked by Tory members in a secret ballot on Tuesday evening.
He was joint secretary general of Muslims for Britain during the EU referendum and is also a director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
Mr Timothy was a special adviser to Mrs May from 2010 to 2015, when she was home secretary. He later served as a joint chief of staff with Fiona Hill in Downing Street.
Former Sutton Coldfield mayor Charlotte Hodivala, who works as a sales manager in the pharmaceuticals sector, had also been shortlisted for the Meriden seat.
Ms Hodivala is councillor for Birmingham City Council's Sutton Reddicap ward. She contested the Birmingham Perry Barr seat in the 2015 and 2017 general elections.
Solihull councillor Laura McCarthy has been announced as the Liberal Democrat candidate.
I am delighted to announce that I have been selected as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Meriden.— Laura McCarthy🔸 (@LauraMcCarSol) October 21, 2019
The people of Meriden are demanding better, someone who will be there for them in their darkest days & fight for them. I will prove I am that person.#laura4meriden pic.twitter.com/eOX788yRO5
Councillor Stephen Caudwell will stand for the Green Party.
Honoured to announce I've been selected as the Green Party candidate for Meriden at the imminent General Election.— Councillor Steve Caudwell 🌍💚 (@CBGreenSteve) October 29, 2019
Looking forward to making the case for the fairer, safer and more sustainable society that Green politics can bring.#VoteGreen2019
Labour has not yet selected its candidate, the BBC understands.
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