FORMER Coronation Street star Adam Rickitt is definitely interested in becoming the Conservatives' parliamentary candidate for the Chester constituency.
Rickitt, who lives in Cuddington, is playing his cards close to his chest but friends say he would love to have a stab at being selected by Chester Conservative Association, following the shock resignation of former candidate Paul Offer.
Rickitt, 28, who is currently playing Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Theatre Royal in Norwich, told The Chronicle: 'I cannot comment on an association matter at this time, but I know the Conservative Party in Chester is making great leaps forward.'
Rickitt is on Tory leader David Cameron A-list of candidates but has so far been rejected as a potential candidate by associations in Mid-Norfolk and Folke-stone.
President David Pickering invited Rickitt to make an approach and get involved with campaigning in the run-up to next May's local elections.
He said: 'I'm sure he is interested and we would be very pleased to see him.'
As a Cheshire resident, Rickitt should satisfy Mr Pickering's preference for a local candidate but only if they are the 'best person' for the job.
Mr Pickering said he was already aware of three or four people who 'might throw their hat in the ring'.
Names in the frame could include former Lord Mayor Mike Jones, county Cllr Eveleigh Moore-Dutton and city Cllr Caroline Mosley.
Association vice-chairman Simon Harris anticipates the process of selecting a candidate will not be begin properly until after the May elections.
Describing the seat as 'hot property', he commented: 'We would expect to attract a very high calibre candidate.'
Meanwhile, Mr Offer, who chose to resign after being given an ultimatum to walk away or face deselection, has defended his decision to attack colleagues in his resignation letter. Mr Offer had accused local members of 'sexist bullying' and making 'racist' and inappropriate comments about the disabled. His claims are now the subject of an internal investigation.
Mr Offer said: 'This is not so much about the particular issues or allegations that I have made, but about the fact that people with those views are able to run this Party on the ground and nothing is being done about it. Like I said, those opinions have no place in the modern Conservative Party and we must do everything we can to root them out.'
Hinting that he could have said more, Mr Offer added: 'Yes, I could have just gone quietly, but if I had done so nothing would change. But I could also have gone with a much, much bigger bang: I decided not to.'