This could well be the face of the conservative candidate to face our sitting Lib Dem MP Wera Hobhouse at the next national parliamentary vote.
Bath Conservatives have chosen Matthew Heappey to be what they are calling their new ‘Parliamentary Spokesperson’ in anticipation of a future General Election, and he’s a former Bath resident.
Matthew, who is a Business Development Director at Close Brothers Asset Management, lived in Bathampton after graduating from Newcastle University, and now has a home in Tetbury with his wife Becky, and their young daughter, Milly.
Matthew’s brother is the MP for Wells, James Heappey, and he was very involved in helping deliver winning campaigns there against a strong LibDem challenge in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
“Bath is being let down by poor representation both locally and in Westminster,” said Matthew.
“I look forward to being the voice Bath needs, putting the City – and the people who live here – ahead of party politics, as I work with the Government to deliver for Bath residents.
“Bath has many issues here which need tackling, such as transport and accessibility, housing availability, inward investment, and the relationship with the Universities.
“I will be first and foremost a campaigning, energetic advocate for this wonderful City.”
Matthew’s title is officially Parliamentary spokesperson, pending boundary changes expected next year which will see the Bath constituency grow to include part of North-East Somerset. At that point, a Parliamentary candidate will be formally appointed for the new seat.
Is that what they call ‘parachuting’ them in?
“..putting the City – and the people who live here – ahead of party politics..”. Ah, how refreshing to hear that. And once ensconced in Bath’s Parliamentary seat, Mr Heappey, how will you resist the temptation to change the order of your priorities(Party, Parliament and lastly People) as so many of our previous MP incumbents seem to have done? Can you make a parliamentary career just looking after the needs(not wants mind you) of your electorate?
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