Conservative Home reports that Therese Coffey was selected at a special general meeting of Suffolk Coastal Conservative Association to replace John Gummer as Conservative candidate at the general election. She was selected on the first ballot from a shortlist of six and is the first woman to be selected as a Conservative PPC in Suffolk.
She told Jonathan Isaby afterwards:
I am thrilled to have been chosen by the great people of Suffolk Coastal Conservatives. There are many issues to tackle here and I have a lot to learn from John Gummer but the critical thing is to win the general election three months’ today. Tonight I’ll be celebrating but tomorrow I’ll be starting work for the people of Suffolk Coastal – and I will be moving into the constituency by Valentine’s Day.
She inherits a notional Conservative majority of 9,674 over Labour.