Wadebridge postman Scott Mann selected as Tory Parliamentary Candidate for North Cornwall
A WADEBRIDGE postman has ambitions to deliver at Westminster after being chosen by the Conservatives to fight the North Cornwall constituency at the next general election.
Scott Mann was selected ahead of Sian Flynn, from St Mabyn, and Jane Leslie, from Bude, as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate for the seat where he is likely to do battle with sitting Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson.
Mr Mann said he was "over the moon" at being selected as the candidate, at a meeting at Wadebridge Town Hall attended by more than 100 of the party faithful.
He is currently the Cornwall councillor for Wadebridge West, where he has campaigned for more affordable housing, and said he had no plans at present to quit local government.
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"I have a commitment to Wadebridge and its residents, and I still have a number of projects which I want to see through to fruition," said Mr Mann.
"I have been representing Wadebridge for five years and will continue to do so.
"I look forward to the possibility of representing the whole of North Cornwall in the future, and I'm genuinely hopeful I will be able to do that.
"As a local Wadebridge boy and proud Cornishman I feel I have the necessary skills to represent North Cornwall in Parliament.
"I am looking forward to meeting with residents to discuss the issues affecting them over the coming weeks, months and years so I can better represent their views.
"I'm just over the moon to have been selected," he said.
Mr Mann grew up in Wadebridge and has spent all his working life in the town. He is married to Alice and they have a daughter.
He was elected in 2007 to North Cornwall District Council and became the Conservative group leader.
When the old district council was axed in favour of a unitary authority he was elected to Cornwall Council and has served there as deputy group leader and as the vice-chairman of the planning committee.
Sian Flynn, one of the candidates Mr Mann defeated in the parliamentary selection process, fought North Cornwall for the Conservatives in the last general election in 2010.
Then, Dan Rogerson polled 22,512 votes for the Liberal Democrats, with Mrs Flynn coming second with 19,531 votes, a Lib Dem majority of 6.2 per cent.