A successful family solicitor and head of policy for a charity has been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Stroud.
Siobhan Baillie has been tasked with winning the seat back from Labour’s David Drew.
She was chosen by members of Stroud Conservative Association at a selection meeting in Stonehouse this evening (Tuesday).
Siobhan’s priorities for Stroud include increasing opportunities for people of all ages, improving transport infrastructure, supporting community groups, housing and protecting the environment.
“I’m excited and honoured to be selected and I can’t wait to work hard for the people of Stroud,” said Siobhan, who is a keen volunteer, fundraiser and school governor.
“Stroud has a great history with so much to offer, but it is being held back by the failings of a hard-left Labour MP and the coalition council.
“Working with the strong team of Conservatives locally, I plan to use my experience in the public, private and charity sectors to make a difference and secure a brighter future for everybody in Stroud.”
Sharon Sugars, chair of Stroud Conservative Association, said: “We had an excellent field of candidates to choose from and Siobhan impressed with her energy, enthusiasm and commitment.
“She has a strong background, is a passionate and hardworking campaigner and will be a great champion for Stroud and local residents.
“We look forward to working with Siobhan to bring the council back under Conservative control and win the Parliamentary seat from Labour.”
Brandon Lewis, Conservative Party chairman, said: “Siobhan is an excellent campaigner and will do a fantastic job standing up for the people of Stroud.”
Siobhan embarked on a career in law, starting as a legal secretary at 17 before studying while working to qualify as a solicitor without university.
Siobhan worked as a family solicitor before becoming head of policy and communications for OnePlusOne, a charity which helps people build stronger relationships.
She will use all her experience and contacts to deliver for the people of Stroud.