WELL KNOWN FOR... Acting as Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street where he famously acted out the Street's first gay kiss scene and a brief career in pop music (you may remember his first single - "I Breathe Again"?).
CONSERVATIVE PARTY HISTORY... None known until he was accepted as a Conservative candidate in October 2005. CCHQ gave him a strong endorsement after appearing on Question Time last week:
"Everyone at HQ was hugely impressed by his confident and assured style. He is exactly the kind of young, dynamic character that David Cameron wants to promote as the face of the party."
He answered questions on religious freedom (he thought newspapers had a right to publish the offending Danish cartoons), Iraq (he thought it was important that British troops finish the job that had been begun) and the environment (he enthusiastically supported Cameron's green tactics and was sceptical about George W Bush breaking America's "oil addiction").
SPECIALIST AREAS... Unknown.
DID YOU KNOW...? Despite suffering from bulimia in his teenage years, Adam earned an academic scholarship to Sedbergh School in Cumbria, and was planning to do law at Cambridge before starting to model.
MAIN STRENGTHS... High profile nationwide, attractive, unstereotypical Conservative.
IDEAL CONSTITUENCY... One with a high proportion of Corrie devotees! He was brought up in the North West of England, particularly Manchester and Wirral. If either of the Wintertons give up their seats (Macclesfield and Congleton) the selection of Mr Rickitt would certainly indicate a changed Tory party.
MORE INFORMATION... Personal webpage.
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