Tories choose North Devon general election candidate

Peter Heaton-Jones.

Peter Heaton-Jones. - Credit: Archant

Ex-BBC journalist and Swindon councillor Peter Heaton-Jones chosen by local party for 2015 election.

A former BBC journalist has been selected to represent the Conservatives in North Devon for the 2015 election.

Peter Heaton-Jones was chosen as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to stand against current North Devon MP Nick Harvey.

The selection from a short list of four was made by North Devon Conservative Association members on Saturday.

Mr Heaton-Jones specialised as a political journalist, including the presentation of BBC election coverage and in 2006 conducted a face-to-face interview with then Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He is currently a member of Swindon Borough Council after being re-elected in May of last year, but intends to relocate to North Devon shortly.

“Starting now, I’ll put every effort into convincing people that it’s time to elect a Conservative MP here,” he said.

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“My first priority will always be to fight hard for local people, and I won’t be distracted by Westminster politics. I have always loved North Devon, and so the opportunity to represent this community is a real privilege.”

In 2009 Mr Heaton-Jones became a councillor on Haydon Wick Parish Council and a governor at Isambard Community School, both in North Swindon.

He joined BBC Radio 5 Live when it opened in 1994 and was perhaps best known there as the presenter of Morning Reports and Up All Night.

“I am delighted Peter has been selected as our candidate and look forward to working alongside him in the run up to the general election,” added association chairman Jeremy Smith-Bingham.

“I have every confidence that Peter will stand up for all North Devon residents and will beat the Lib Dems at the next election.”

Deputy chairman political, Councillor Jasmine Chesters said: “I am looking forward to working with him and getting around our area, introducing him to as many people as possible as soon as he moves here, which he is hoping will be shortly.”

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