‘Hundreds’ expected to apply for MP role in South Ribble

South Ribble's MP, Lorraine Fullbrook
South Ribble's MP, Lorraine Fullbrook

South Ribble’s MP expects there to be ‘hundreds’ of applications from people wanting to fill her shoes when she steps down next year.

The South Ribble Conservative Association is set to select its new parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election this month, and outgoing MP Lorraine Fullbrook is hoping for a strong list.

She told the Guardian: “The role has been advertised now and they’ll be getting lots, if not hundreds, of applicants.”

Lorraine, who took the seat from Labour’s David Borrow in 2010 and regained the seat for the Tories after 13 years, has announced she will not be standing for election next year due to personal reasons.

She added: “It has sincerely been the greatest honour and privilege to represent all the people of South Ribble in Parliament and in particular helping individuals who needed my help in the constituency, irrespective of their political views.

“I look forward to working with who ever the Association selects on June 28 to fly the Conservative flag in the run up to May 2015.

“I know that the Association will choose from a list of very talented and able candidates, and the person they choose to represent the Conservative Party will have my full and total support.

“My job as the Member of Parliament will continue until the polls close in May next year, until the time my successor is announced, and I look forward to handing over my responsibilities to my successor, who I am confident will be wearing a blue rosette.”

The position was advertised late last month and the deadline for applications is June 9.

South Ribble’s Conservative Association Chairman, Phil Smith, said “The Association has a strong team of councillors and volunteers ready to support the successful parliamentary candidate in delivering electoral victory in the 2015 general election.”

The successful candidate will be facing Labour’s parliamentary candidate, Veronica Bennett, to represent the South Ribble constituency, which covers Leyland, Penwortham, Much Hoole and Little Hoole, Longton, New Longton, Walmer Bridge, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Banks, Rufford, Bretherton, Eccleston, Mawdesley, and Croston.

Farington falls under Ribble Valley, where Tory Nigel Evans is the MP.

He says he hopes to stand again next year.