A local businessman has been selected as the Conservative Party's parliamentary candidate for St. Ives for the second time.
Derek Thomas, who fought the seat for the Party at the 2010 General Election, achieving a 10.4 per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats, was selected on Tuesday night.
Married with two children, Mr Thomas grew up in the constituency and continues to live and work there as a Cornish stone mason.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Thomas said: "I am delighted to have been selected once again to represent a constituency I care passionately about. I grew up here, I live here and I work here. It is a great privilege to serve this beautiful part of the United Kingdom.
"I will do all I can to build a healthy, prosperous and caring community in West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I will work to ensure that healthcare is delivered as close to home as possible.
"I will campaign on behalf of our youngsters so they get the education and opportunities they need to live full and active lives."
Promoted by Alan Mabbutt on behalf of the Conservative Party, both at 4 Matthew Parker Street,
London, SW1H 9HQ