Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, has been officially reselected by members of the Worcester Conservative Association as the party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the city in the forthcoming general election.

Local party members held their selection meeting at Elgar’s Restaurant last night (28th April) and voiced their overwhelming support for Robin as he spoke of his desire to continue to represent the people of Worcester as part of a Conservative Government that is providing the strong and stable leadership the country needs.

Robin was first elected to Parliament by the people of Worcester in 2010, having been adopted as the Conservative Party candidate four years earlier. He was re-elected with an increased majority to serve the city at the last general election in 2015.

Robin is currently Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Exiting the European Union. He previously held roles as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Liz Truss, former Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Nicky Morgan, former Secretary of State for Education. Robin has also served on a number of committees in Parliament, including the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee, and in 2014 was named Citizens Advice Parliamentarian of the Year.

Robin’s campaigns as Worcester’s man in Westminster have included support for apprenticeships for young people in the city – with local businesses taking on over 5,000 apprentices since 2010. Fairer funding for Worcester schools has also been at the heart of his career, with an extra £6.7million secured for local schools in the last Parliament.

Robin said,

“I cannot think of a greater honour than to represent Worcester as its MP. The last seven years have sometimes been challenging but extremely rewarding and it has been a great privilege to work with so many local people to make Worcester an even better place.

Over that time we have seen the economy turn around and move from a situation of high unemployment under the last Labour Government to the longest period of low unemployment the city has ever enjoyed. We have seen regeneration in the city centre, investment in skills and schools and vital improvements at our hospital such as Worcestershire oncology centre, the breast unit and the award-winning midwife-led birth centre.

I am delighted to have the unanimous support of the Worcester Conservative Association in contesting this seat once again. Our country needs strong and stable leadership and I know that Theresa May is the right leader to take our country forward. I believe a Conservative Government after June 8th will be best for Britain and best for the people of Worcester so I look forward to the campaign to come”

James Stanley, Chairman of Worcester Conservative Association said,

“I am delighted to learn that Robin has decided to stand again as the Conservative candidate. He is incredibly popular locally and we are very fortunate to have him.”

Marc Bayliss, Leader of the Conservatives group on the City Council said,

“I am very pleased that Robin will be our candidate again. He has represented the city with distinction over the last seven years and is a man who is always happy to work across party-political lines to get the best deal for the people of Worcester.”

Simon Geraghty, Leader of Worcestershire County Council said,

“”l am delighted that Robin has been reselected to be our Conservative candidate for parliament at the forthcoming election. Robin has done an excellent job as the City’s MP – championing local issues and standing up for Worcester whilst doing a demanding Government role. Working closely with a Conservative-led County Council we now have one of the fastest growing local economies in the country, significant investment going in to improve our road, rail & digital infrastructure and a local area that is often highlighted nationally as a great place to live. Only a Conservative Government can continue to deliver the strong & stable leadership that the Country needs and ensure that we continue to grow the economy and generate the income to support vital public services.”

Andrew Grant, President of Worcester Conservative Association,

“I am very proud and privileged to be Robin’s President. He has served Worcester with enormous energy across all divides and has a proven track record of his eleven years in Worcester being very much a ‘ One  Nation ‘ MP. He has worked tirelessly for the people of Worcester to give them a fair chance for life whatever circumstances. Worcester is written on his heart. Take nothing for granted please come out and vote for Robin any alternative will be a disaster.”