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Cheltenham MP Conservative candidate 'honoured' at selection

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 02, 2013

Alex Chalk

Alex Chalk

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THE barrister chosen as the Conservative MP candidate for Cheltenham has spoken about his links to the town he wants to represent.

Alex Chalk, 36, was selected earlier this week and he has now described it as "an enormous honour".

Mr Chalk lives in London, where he has built his legal career and currently sits as a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

He was brought up in Cheltenham with his "family home" in Foxcote.

And if he is successful in deposing current Cheltenham MP, Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood, he expects to live full time in Gloucestershire.

He said: "My grandmother has lived in my family home since the Second World War and it is just outside Charlton Kings,

"Cheltenham is my home town, through my teenage years to when I went to university.

"I have been living in London to build my career, so I feel like I am coming home.

"I go home whenever I can, certainly during weekends."

Mr Chalk is clear about what he believes are the main issues voters in Cheltenham care about.

Prosperity

"It seems to me that prosperity, ensuring that our businesses are successful, that they are employing as many people as possible," he said.

"So I want to try and promote our local businesses as much as possible.

"I want to do everything I can to do with the environment and protecting our green belt.

"Law and order is also an important issue, making sure the town centre is safe.

"It is really about wanting to be on the side of hard working families."

Cheltenham has been identified by the Conservative Party as a key target seat nationally and Mr Chalk is one of the first candidates to be selected in the south west.

Mr Chalk, who will begin canvassing this weekend, is married and has a 10-month-old daughter.

He was educated at a boarding school away from Cheltenham before going to Oxford University where he studied Modern History.

Mr Chalk works in criminal law, prosecuting and defending.

The next general election is due to be called in 2015.

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  • poppydog1  |  April 08 2014, 2:03PM

    How can he call Cheltenham his home town in his teenage years when he spent them at a boarding school outside Cheltenham? I wonder if the boarding school happened to be Eaton were Cameron and he cronies attatended? Local man I think not? He only mentions his grandmother living in Cheltenham where did his parents live when they were bringing him up?

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  • tishwash  |  February 04 2013, 6:12PM

    @TIMONLINE2010 why is that ? what is exactly wrong ? It's not forcing the church to do anything, it's just enabling any faiths that wish to undertake same sex marriages can do.

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  February 04 2013, 11:10AM

    Judas I didn't mean my response as a criticism of your post, just a comment on the way politicians, the press et al bang on about helping families, not individuals. I suppose in a democracy the wishes of the majority come first, so if most voters are in a relationship then families will be more important than single people. Rightly or wrongly, it's all about winning the most votes.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  February 03 2013, 10:00PM

    Whoever stands for Chelt, I don't think the Tories have a chance if this marriage bill goes through!

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  • Judas  |  February 03 2013, 8:58PM

    Ms_Superstar - My apologies, you are right, he needs to be on the side of everyone who he is supposed to represent. :P

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  • Ms_Superstar  |  February 03 2013, 6:54PM

    @Shireresident, what have the police got to do with law and order, in reality? I don't really see the connection anymore. And @Judas, never mind families, hard working or otherwise. What makes them more a valid and deserving cause than hard working single people?

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  • Hubert1841  |  February 03 2013, 6:50PM

    I think they'd find it a struggle to find a local Tory, Tishwash.

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  • tishwash  |  February 03 2013, 3:28PM

    Why don't they have someone local stand ? It makes more sense?

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  • nickthompson  |  February 03 2013, 11:53AM

    Meanwhile Mr Antony Jenkins of Barclays Bank has proved WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER by not accepting his million pound bonus this year,and has graciously decided he will have to scrape by on his basic salary,including incentives of only 8.6 million pounds!!!

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  • lordigaga  |  February 03 2013, 11:48AM

    if the libdens get back in chelt, it will be one of the few seats thay will win RIP libdem

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