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Tories pick James Bellis as Vauxhall parliamentary candidate

With eight months to go until the general election, Vauxhall Conservatives have selected James Bellis as their prospective candidate.

The Vauxhall constituency – currently represented by Labour's Kate Hoey – stretches from the South Bank to Brixton.

James Bellis, a professional economist, has lived in Vauxhall for most of the last 15 years, and has twice stood for election to Lambeth Council in Princes ward, Kennington.

"It is a massive privilege to be selected in my home patch to represent the Conservative Party in next year's election," said James Bellis.

"Over the last 15 years I have lived right across the constituency and I look forward over the next eight months to meeting as many people in the constituency as possible.

"I passionately believe that the Conservative Party has the right ideas to take Vauxhall, and the whole country, forward.

"While much progress has been made over the last four years, more remains to be done to secure the economic recovery.

"Next year, voters will have a clear choice between continuing that recovery with a Conservative Government, or turning the clock back with a Labour Party which will spend, tax and borrow more."

Cllr Bernard Gentry, deputy leader of Lambeth Conservative Group, added: "I have known James for many years and with the rest of our councillors, look forward to working closely with him in the coming months. I am sure James will be a great advocate for the people of Vauxhall."

At the 2010 general election the Conservative candidate Glyn Chambers achieved third place in Vauxhall with a 21.5 per cent share of the vote.

Kate Hoey – who this year celebrates 25 years in Parliament – was reselected as Labour's candidate for Vauxhall by party members in February.

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