Brentford & Isleworth Conservatives announce third candidate

Conservatives in Brentford & Isleworth have announced the third person who members will consider for selection as their election candidate at a closed, members only meeting this evening. Christopher Salmon, senior partner in an executive search firm, joins Olympic rower James Cracknell OBE and former MP for Brentford & Isleworth Mary Macleod on the shortlist. Christopher Salmon is a former Army officer with service in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Kosovo. Put forward as a candidate by Conservative Party Central Office, this is how they describe his track record: “He was the elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys from 2012 until 2016, where he increased officer numbers, expanded services for victims of domestic abuse and oversaw a reduction in crime and antisocial behaviour. He was the only Police and Crime Commissioner to reduce local tax. He was brought up on a farm in mid-Wales before studying History and Economics at Oxford. After university he lived and worked in St. Petersburg, Russia. He returned to join the Army and graduated from Sandhurst in 2003, winning the Queen’s Medal for the top cadet, before joining The Rifles. Following the Army, he worked for a consultancy firm in Hammersmith. He currently works for Crest Advisory, a consultancy specialising in criminal justice. He is a passionate advocate for localism, care for victims and rehabilitation of offenders. He speaks Russian, paints and enjoys walking in the Welsh hills. He now lives in London with his wife Sophia and son, Francis, 3 months.

He’s up against a former MP who is widely respected for her hard work and effectiveness as a constituency MP and who is popular with the business community in Hounslow as a champion of small businesses and an Olympian media personality who’s just run the London marathon in record time. Julian Tanner, Chairman of the Hounslow Brentford & Isleworth Conservative Association said: “All of our candidates would make an excellent Member of Parliament for Brentford & Isleworth and a victory for the Conservative Party would strengthen the Government in its Brexit negotiations to ensure a better and more prosperous future for our country.”

Here’s what the party says about Mary Macleod:

Mary Macleod is currently a Senior Client Partner in the largest global Executive Search firm. Mary previously worked for over twenty years in business – consulting at Accenture and in banking as Chief of Staff for Global Operations at ABN AMRO and in Group Communications and Transition for RBS. She also maintained a leading role in the charity and public policy arenas, serving as an ambassador for ActionAid, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and as Policy Officer to The Queen and the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace. Mary was elected as Member of Parliament for Brentford & Isleworth on 7th May 2010, turning over a Labour majority of 4,411 to a Conservative majority of 1,958. During her time in Parliament, she was the Prime Minister’s Small Business Ambassador for London, on the No.10 Policy Board and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, the Culture Secretary, the Minister for Women and Equalities and the Northern Ireland Secretary. She was a Trustee of the Industry Parliament Trust, set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament and joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. Mary narrowly missed out winning at the 2015 General Election to Labour by 465 votes, even although she increased her vote by 4,609. After the election, Mary became special adviser to the Secretary of State for Scotland for a short period, until taking up her current role. Mary is on the Advisory Board of the charity, Career Ready, helping young people prepare for the world of work, and locally is a Trustee of The Shelter Project Hounslow and President of the Chiswick Royal British Legion.

This is what the party has to say about James Cracknell OBE:

With 2 Olympic Gold Medals and 6 World Championship titles, James Cracknell OBE is an inspiring sportsman, athlete and adventurer. In 2010, he took on America – racing to cycle, run, row and swim from LA to New York in record time. It was during this trip that James suffered a near fatal accident, after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona. After a difficult six-month recovery, he went to the Canadian Yukon, completing The Coldest Race on Earth. James has also completed the gruelling Amundsen Omega3 South Pole Race with friends Ben Fogle and Dr Ed Coats, The Race Across The Atlantic, again with Fogle and has run the London Marathon in 2 hours 43 minutes. He was a feature writer for the Daily Telegraph for over 15 years, a factual entertainment/documentary maker with the BBC and Discovery Channel for 10 years and is into his third Olympiad working with the BBC behind the camera and microphone. Alongside these achievements, James is Vice President of the charity Headway and leads the Policy Exchange on obesity and physical activity. James is President of the London Road Safety Council and, working with Policy Exchange, he authored a report “Britain Imbalanced: Why now is the time to tackle obesity in Britain.” He serves on the Centre for Social Justice’s Working Group; Obesity, Poverty and Physical Activity. James has also been involved with the last two General Election Campaigns and the 2014 European Election. He has raised funds for the Brentford & Isleworth Association and nationally for the party and is Deputy Chair Political of Brentford & Isleworth Association and Riverside Ward. James is Director and Co-founder of a mass-participation running event creation, delivery and IP company. He lives with his wife, TV and Radio presenter Beverley Turner, and their 3 children.