CITY council deputy leader Stephen Mosley is one of three hopefuls seeking selection to fight the Chester parliamentary seat for the Conservatives.
The Chester Conservative Association, which makes its choice tomorrow at a meeting in Handbridge, says it will be ready whenever Gordon Brown goes to the polls.
Cllr Mosley, 35, who lives in Handbridge and represents the Handbridge & St Mary’s ward on the city council is also the county councillor for the Overleigh division.
He has been second in command at the Town Hall since May when the Tories wrestled control from the Lib Dems and Labour.
Married to fellow councillor Caroline, the couple have children Abraham, four, and Minty, two.
Cllr Mosley said of sitting Labour MP Christine Russell: ‘She’s been the Labour Party’s representative in Chester rather than Chester’s representative in parliament. I will be different.’
He says he is perceived as being on the right of his party in terms of his ‘zero tolerance’ stance on crime but on the left with regards to supporting developing countries like Malawi in central Africa where his family runs a business.
Fellow candidate Simon Baynes, 47, a former investment banker, is married to Maggie, an architect, and has two daughters Clemmie, seven, and Francesca, five, at the family home in Montgomeryshire.
He is director of the charity he set up whose work includes supporting affordable housing schemes, care for the elderly and helping young people.
Mr Baynes, who unsuccessfully fought Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik for the Montgomeryshire seat at the last general election and is on David Cameron’s A-list of candidates, said: ‘There are three things in particular I feel strongly on. One is reviving the city centre in Chester, not just shopping but investing in the heritage.
‘The second is getting more affordable housing. Thirdly, there is the important issue of post office closures.’
Fellow A-lister Rebecca Harris, 39, is married to Frank, a civil servant, with a 15-month-old son Ted. They live in London but would relocate to Chester. She is a special adviser to Tim Yeo MP and worked with a number of shadow ministers before the last election.
She describes herself as ‘quite a traditional Conservative’ .
She said of her priorities for Chester: ‘People love Chester and are very fond of their city which is a beautiful, wonderful place but are worried about crime and anti-social behaviour.’