Alex Williams beat Karen Buckley to be selected at Saturday's Open Primary to replace Mark Versallion as Conservative candidate for Stretford and Urmston.
Alex is 34 and a councillor in Trafford in Greater Manchester, where he is Deputy Leader of the Council. At last year's European election he was fourth on the Conservative list in North West England, and in 2005 he contested Bury South at the general election. A chartered accountant with one of the "Big Four" global accountancy firms, he is the husband of Susan Williams, who is standing in Bolton West.
He said on his selection:
"I am delighted to have been selected by local people to fight Stretford and Urmston at the next election. As a Trafford Councillor, I have campaigned on many issues of concern to residents for years and believe that the Labour Government have badly let us down. We need a strong voice at Westminster campaigning to make Stretford and Urmston an even better place to live. Over the years, Labour have proposed many damaging policies locally - from abolishing our selective education system to imposing a congestion charge on drivers. I will be fighting hard in the months ahead to make sure local people's voices will be represented if I am elected to Parliament."
Paul Lally, chairman of Stretford and Urmston Conservatives, added:
"We believe that Alex’s well established close associate with our community contrast favourably with his Labour party opponent. His proven track record in local government highlights his high calibre qualities as a candidate. His excellent ability to advocate issues raised by local people and resolve them is well documented. He will without doubt translate those skills at a national level. "
Sitting Labour MP Beverley Hughes is standing down at the election and Alex will need a swing of 10.65% to overturn a notional Labour majority of 8,310.