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Kirkbride’s replacement chosen

Posted on February 06 2010 at 7:54:42

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The son of a Bristol bus driver who became an international banker will almost certainly be your MP by the summer.

Sajid Javid was chosen by Bromsgrove Conservatives earlier today to replace Julie Kirkbride, who is standing down over the MPs’ expenses scandal.

If he wins the seat - which is highly likely with a 10,000 majority to defend - it has been reported that he will be the first elected Muslim Tory MP.

Forty-year-old Sajid will have a busy day tomorrow after promising to “move into the constituency the day after selection and campaign full time, and make Bromsgrove our family home”.

With an eye on concerns in the rural areas, he has also pledged to “fight to end centrally imposed top-down planning and protect our greenbelt, open spaces and the character of our towns and villages”.

After his selection, Sajid said: “It is a tremendous honour to have been selected to represent the Conservative party in Bromsgrove. I would like to pay tribute to the other candidates, the Association’s efficient management of the selection process and Julie Kirkbride’s outstanding record of public service here.

“I will be working hard to represent everyone across the constituency in the weeks and months ahead.”

Sajid will be leaving a career as a successful businessman, advising and investing in British entrepreneurs. He and his wife Laura have four young children.

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