Local conservatives have chosen Julie Marson to represent the party at the next general election, after current MP Mark Prisk announced he would not be standing after 18 years representing the constituency.
Mrs Marson, who was born in Barking and grew up in Chadwell Heath, was selected from a shortlist of prospective candidates that also included Nick de Bois, Dr Rachel Joyce and Three Rivers District Councilor Reena Ranger.
At a packed meeting in Ware of members on Thursday 24th October, the four candidates pitched for the role and answered wide-ranging questions on their priorities for the constituency. After three rounds of voting, Julie was elected as their candidate.
Julie was born in Essex and has family roots in Hertfordshire. She has a background in business and finance, as well as having previously served as a magistrate for 9 years. Julie said, "I am delighted to have been selected to fight the election in Herford and Stortford for the Conservatives. I am looking forward to getting out and about, meeting residents, and hearing their views over the coming weeks. My priorities for Hertford and Stortford are to ensure we have quality, affordable homes for local people with great public services, to protect our green belt and open spaces, and that our towns and villages are vibrant places to live, work and enjoy."
Association Chairman, Cllr. Alexander Curtis, said, "I am thrilled that we have an outstanding Prospective Parliamentary Candidate in Julie. She is dedicated, genuine and displays real integrity. I know that Julie is going to work extremely hard as a champion for both our association and our constituency."
The selection process was controversial, with Conservative Campaign Headquarters imposing a longlist of potential candidates on the constituency association, without the seat being advertised.