THE EAST Staffordshire Conservative Association is set to vote on whether to re-adopt a member of parliament who represents Uttoxeter and Burton ahead of the general election that is due to take place on December 12. Members will cast a ballot at a meeting on Monday (November 11) as to whether MP Andrew Griffiths will be re-instated into his position via a simple 'yes' or 'no' vote. If the outcome is that Mr Griffiths will be re-adopted then he will be the party's constituency parliamentary candidate.
If the vote comes back negative against the MP, then a further meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 12 where he will compete against other candidates in a selection process for the spot.
Speaking in reference to the vote, Mr Griffiths told the Times and Echo: “Many people from the Conservative association and the wider community across Burton and Uttoxeter have urged me to carry on as their MP.
“Over nine and a half years I have done a lot for the area and helped thousands of people.
“In the last month alone I have secured £11 million for two new operating theatres for Queen’s Hospital, successfully got lifesaving drugs for a four year old Burton boy and achieved the dying wishes of a local lady by getting Government to adopt ‘Nicola’s Law’ to improve breast cancer screening for young women.
“These are the things that people care about and what they want an MP to fight for.
“I am hopeful that party members will back me on Monday, so that I can continue my successful track record of getting things done for Burton and Uttoxeter.”
In July 2018 Mr Griffiths, a husband and a father, issued a ‘personal apology’ to his constituents in Burton and Uttoxeter after it was uncovered that he sent explicit sex texts to two barmaids.
Conor Wileman, chairman of the East Staffordshire Conservative Association, told the Times and Echo: “The association itself has been keen to have a selection process for some time it is very unfortunate that we have had to hold it in an emergency after a general election was called.
“We hope to have a decent candidate moving forward into that process.”
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