Conservatives choose barrister to fight for Cheltenham MP job
A CRIMINAL barrister has been selected as the Conservative Party's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cheltenham.
Alex Chalk will contest the seat currently held by Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood at the next general election in 2015.
Mr Chalk has spent the last decade working as a barrister dealing with a range of cases, both prosecuting and defending.
He was brought up in Charlton Kings and is currently a councillor on Hammersmith and Fulham Council in London.
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He has said that his priorities for Cheltenham ahead of the election are to 'promote the local economy, jobs and growth; tackle the legacy of Labour's debt, secure a strong future for the NHS and improve local education particularly in maths and the sciences'.