Councillor's bid to be a Tory MP
PUBLISHED: 15:47 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 12 August 2010
A COUNCILLOR has thrown his hat into the ring in the fight for a constituency seat following the retirement of John Austin MP. Bromley councillor
A COUNCILLOR has thrown his hat into the ring in the fight for a constituency seat following the retirement of John Austin MP.
Bromley councillor Colin Bloom has been selected to be Erith and Thamesmead's Conservative parliamentary candidate at the next general election by constituency members.
Mr Bloom, 38, from Bickley, has worked as a youth worker in Thamesmead and was formerly chief executive of Mission Care, a Christian residential and care home provider in Bromley.
The Bickley councillor is currently a member of the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education and an Executive Member for Public Protection and Safety.
He is also a member of the Executive, the council's main decision making body on issues including Children and Young People, Adult and Community Services and the Local Economy.
Mr Bloom said his priorities for Erith and Thamesmead would be anti-social behaviour, the economy and transport.
He said: "I think we need zero tolerance on crime and anti-social behaviour. The police and the Crown Prosecution Service need to crack down on low level crime."
John Austin, a former Greenwich Mayor, announced he would retire as Erith and Thamesmead MP at the next general election, two weeks before his 64th birthday last August.