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Former teacher will fight seat for Tories

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

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THE Conservative Party has announced its candidate to stand for the Wincanton, Bruton and Castle Cary area at the 2015 General Election.

Former teacher David Warburton is set to challenge Liberal Democrat incumbent David Heath for the Somerton and Frome parliamentary seat.

He lives in the Mendips with his wife Harriet and their two children, James and Cecily.

Mr Warburton taught at an inner-city secondary school before setting up his own business.

He also played a key role in the launch of MyHigh.St – Britain's first online and mobile shopping destination for local retailers – in August 2012.

The scheme has been rolled out to traders in Castle Cary and Wells.

Upon learning of his successful candidacy, the 47-year-old said: "I am thrilled and honoured to have the opportunity to stand up for the residents of Somerton and Frome.

"As a husband and father I understand the demands and pressures that families are going through.

"Having been a cleaner, a van driver and a shopkeeper before going into teaching and setting up my own business, I know what it is to have struggled.

"These are experiences that I am keen to take to Parliament to benefit local people."

Last month, the constituency party hit the headlines when its chairman Edmund Costelloe resigned after 49 years over Prime Minister David Cameron's stance on gay marriage.

Mr Cameron wants churches in England and Wales to be allowed to conduct such marriage ceremonies, but would not force any groups to hold ceremonies in their places of worship.

Within days of that, high-profile gay businessman Ivan Massow also declared his intention to try to secure the candidacy.

However, Mr Warburton has now won the race – and will seek to seize the constituency seat for the Conservatives.

The seat has been held for the Liberal Democrats by Mr Heath, currently the farming minister, since 1997.

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