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Residents can take their pick from shortlist

PUBLISHED: 16:18 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:19 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS will have the chance to vote in an open-primary to choose a Conservative parliamentary candidate from a high-profile list of six.

RESIDENTS will have the chance to vote in an open-primary to choose a Conservative parliamentary candidate from a high-profile list of six.

The Conservative shortlist for Beckenham was announced last week and includes former UN Commander in Bosnia Bob Stewart, broadcaster and William Hague's biographer Jo-Anne Nadler and former newsreader and Surrey councillor Sally Marks, as reported in the Times.

A candidate will be chosen by an open primary on Sunday, December 6, at 2pm, with a reception at 12.45pm, at Langley Park School for Boys, where residents will vote for their choice after hearing all six speak.

Possible successor to current MP Jacqui Lait include the Deputy Leader of Reigate and Banstead Council Daniel Poulter, who works as a doctor at the Princess Royal Hospital, Farnborough, in obstetrics, gynaecology and women's health, who was born in Beckenham.

Another Surrey County Council councillor on the list is Lynne Hack, a Cancer Research scientist. She has also been Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and was born in Croydon and lives nearby with her husband and 18-year-old son.

Merton councillor Tariq Ahmad is currently a director of marketing, strategy and research of a commodities trading and brokerage firm Sucden Financial.

He failed in his bid to win the Croydon North parliamentary seat in 2005 which Labour held.

All residents on the electoral roll in the constituency must register to attend and vote at the open primary by November 30. To register either e-mail office@beckenham

conservatives.com, call 020 8650 1944 or visit www.beckenhamconservatives.com/

primary.

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