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East Surrey MP reselected to fight seat in 2015 General Election
8:22pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Local News
East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah has been reselected by local Tories to fight the seat again at the next General Election.
Mr Gyimah, who romped home at the last election to succeed Peter Ainsworth and retain the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 16,874, said it was “an enormous privilege.”
The East Surrey Conservative Association Executive voted “overwhelmingly in favour” of Mr Gyimah standing again in 2015.
He said: “It is an enormous privilege to stand again for this wonderful constituency. “I’m looking forward to taking up the fight at the next election so that the Conservatives can finish the job of getting our country back on track.” The announcement followed the news of the MP's second promotion during this Parliament to the Government Whips’ Office - a junior Ministerial position. As a Government Whip, Mr Gyimah will be responsible for helping secure the passage of the Government’s legislative programme through Parliament. Commenting on the appointment, he said: “It was a huge honour to be asked by the Prime Minister to join his Government as a Whip.”
But while his new role involves a number of new responsibilities, Mr Gyimah stressed he will be maintaining local surgeries and will continue to champion constituency concerns such as safeguarding the environment, opportunities for young people and support for small businesses. Graham Knight, deputy chairman of East Surrey Conservative Association, said: “We are very pleased to have overwhelmingly endorsed Sam as our candidate for the 2015 General Election.”
Mr Knight said: “Since becoming our MP in 2010, Sam has worked hard for the constituency, championing the issues that constituents care about. “We’ve been very impressed with what Sam has already achieved during his time in Westminster, having served as the Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Private Secretary and now as a Government Whip – a junior Ministerial position.”
He said: “We look forward to continuing to work together with Sam to secure a Conservative outcome for East Surrey and for the country.”
Mr Gyimah's reselection contrasts with the fortunes of his neighbouring Conservative, Reigate MP Crispin Blunt.
Mr Blunt, the former Prisons Minister and Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Counter-terrorism, this month called for a postal ballot of all members of the Reigate and Banstead Conservative Association after being told to re-apply to stand as the party's local candidate in 2015.
Mr Blunt, who was elected Reigate MP in 1997, and who was returned at the last General Election with a majority of nearly 13,600, called for the postal ballot after losing support from the local association's executive council in a secret ballot.
The 53-year-old MP, who lives on the edge of Horley, described his loss of backing in the secret ballot as “very unusual” and said: “It's disappointing and I wasn't expecting it.”
But he added: “This has happened. It doesn't really matter why. It gives me an opportunity to establish with Reigate Conservatives that they have got a decent, hard-working MP, that is regarded so locally and nationally.”
The postal ballot will take place next month.