Mary Macleod throws her hat into the ring

Mary Macleod, the former Member of Parliament for Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth, Osterley and Hounslow, today announced her intention to put her name forward for selection as the Conservative Candidate for her former seat, at the next General Election on 8 June 2017.

Mary said “It was an honour and privilege to be the MP for Brentford and Isleworth from 2010-2015. It was a chance to make a real difference to people’s lives in the local community and work with residents, businesses, schools, charities and other organisations to improve the local area. “Watching from the sidelines over the last two years has only strengthened my resolve to continue this work, particularly given the significant changes we are about to go through as we leave the European Union. It’s important for local residents to have a strong voice in Parliament during this time, with a MP who knows the constituency well and can work effectively with colleagues at Westminster to deliver a stronger economy with real opportunities for all. I would relish the opportunity to use my experience, passion and knowledge to represent this brilliant constituency once more.” Mary won the 2010 General Election from Labour with a majority of 1,958. She then increased her vote in the 2015 General Election by 4,609 but narrowly lost out by 465 votes.

Brentford and Isleworth Conservatives are busy organising the selection process to choose their candidate for the 2017 election. This is the first time constituency party chairman Julian Tanner has overseen a selection process. He promises it will be smooth and efficient, following due process to give equal opportunity to any who wanted to apply and said they already have a number of qualified individuals who may be interested. Within half an hour of the election being called yesterday he’d already had one potential applicant call him to announce that they would like to stand. We know that Olympic rower James Cracknell is interested. Now that Mary Macleod has formally stated her wish to be considered I wonder who else will come forward.