Former councillor bids to become Conservative election candidate

Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith

Another contender has emerged in the race to replace Mark Simmonds as the Conservative candidate for next year’s General Election.

Kelly Smith, who was finance portfolio holder at Lincolnshire County Council until losing his seat in May last year to Labour, confirmed to The Standard that he had applied to the Conservative party branch to stand as MP for Boston and Skegness.

Mr Smith, who is regional chairman for the party in the East Midlands, said he would fight for the issues that ‘matter to the people of Boston’.

He said: “I think one of the main things is we need to not be afraid to talk about the issues that really matter and not dance around them.”

The party will hold an open primary event in October to determine its General Election candidate. Matthew Glanville is also hoping to contest the event and The Standard understands another contender, a female activist, is also preparing to throw her hat into the ring.

For a full interview with Mr Smith, see the October 8 edition of The Standard.