Congratulations to Victoria Atkins, who was chosen to succeed Sir Peter Tapsell as Conservative candidate for Louth and Horncastle in an Open Primary.
Over 200 local voters turned up to choose between the four finalists, and it turned out to be a hard-fought contest going to three rounds of voting, which is a testament to the quality of the candidates.
Atkins’ experience in three previous Open Primaries may have helped her win. In Louth and Horncastle, they now have a strong candidate around whom to build their 2015 campaign – a prosecutor and mother, she is also the daughter of former MP and MEP Sir Robert Atkins. In her first speech as the candidate, accepting the nomination, she thanked the assembled members of the public for taking part in the Open Primary process.