North East Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the next General Election.

The MP will run in the election which is set to take place no later than January 2025. 

The North East Hertfordshire Conservative Association (NEHCA) Executive held a meeting at the Council Offices in Buntingford to make its decision.

In his speech seeking the nomination, Sir Oliver pointed to his experience as a lawyer and parliamentarian, his wish to continue his campaigns such as for better NHS facilities including radiotherapy in North Hertfordshire, a state of the art Health and Diagnostics Centre for Royston, new Children's Hospital in Cambridge and Cancer Hospitals in Cambridge and Watford and for the restoration of the local natural environment including chalk streams.

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He spoke of his support for Rishi Sunak and his aims to halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut NHS waiting lists and stop the small boats.

Sir Oliver also explained that he "still relished campaigning and working for all residents of North East Hertfordshire".

The meeting was chaired by Lord Trenchard, President of NEHCA and Standon resident. NEHCA Chair and former North Herts Council leader Lynda Needham opened the meeting.

Sir Oliver said: "I am delighted to have been selected again as candidate. I am enjoying knocking on doors ahead of the local elections and meeting many residents.

"There is no doubt that in difficult times people are warming to the professional and effective approach of Rishi Sunak.

"He is letting his actions speak for themselves and he is resolving many long-standing important issues. The cost of living rises are a main focus and we all want to see them fall."

Sir Oliver Heald has held the seat in North East Hertfordshire - formerly North Hertfordshire - continuously since 1992.

The latest prediction polls estimate that the Conservatives will hold the seat in North East Herts by a small margin. 

According UK Polling Report, Sir Oliver Heald looks set to gain 40.8 per cent of the votes, compared to 37.9 per cent for Labour.