Conservatives announce Parliamentary candidate for Darlington

Peter Cuthbertson

Peter Cuthbertson

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THE Conservative Party has unveiled its candidate to challenge Darlington MP Jenny Chapman at next year's general election.

Peter Cuthbertson has thrown down the gauntlet promising to be a "relentess advocate for for a thriving town centre and more job opportunities" if elected.

Mr Cuthbertson was recently selected by the South Durham Conservatives to contest the seat, which has been held by Labour since 1993.

The 31-year-old, currently living and working in London, was born and brought up in Darlington where he attended Hummersknott Academy and the Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

He has been politically active since his teenage years and is a keen advocate for zero-tolerance policing, having set up the Centre for Crime Prevention, a think-tank campaigning for tougher sentencing for criminals.

Mr Cuthbertson hopes to use his position as MP to push for reforms in that area and to better represent the interests of the private sector and small businesses.

He said: "It's an honour to be able to represent the interests of Darlington as the Parliamentary candidate.

“Darlington is a great place, and the town deserves a strong voice in Parliament.

“MPs like James Wharton show the difference a Conservative voice can make for

the North East.

“We're seeing the North East economy growing, but I want to be a relentless advocate for a thriving town centre and more job opportunities - especially in technology and manufacturing."

An avid supporter of the NHS, Mr Cuthbertson currently works for a healthcare consultancy, though he plans to return to Darlington in the run-up to the elections.

Since 2010, Labour MP Jenny Chapman has represented the town in Parliament. She triumphed with a majority of 3,388.

She said: “I’m pleased that the Darlington Conservatives have at long last found somebody to be their candidate in the town ahead of the elections next May.

“I look forward to debating with Mr Cuthbertson and welcome the fact there is someone prepared to stand for the Conservatives in Darlington.”

Charles Johnson, Chairman of South Durham Conservatives, added: "It is many years since Darlington Conservatives have had the services of a local candidate with such a wealth of experience.

“Peter will represent the town very well."

For more information about Peter Cuthbertson, visit petercuthbertson.com.

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6:05pm Sun 17 Aug 14

loan_star says...

Zero tolerance policing? The town could certainly do with that, especially with a certain community that lives here.
Zero tolerance policing? The town could certainly do with that, especially with a certain community that lives here. loan_star
  • Score: 19

6:16pm Sun 17 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

eh, what about toe brockley. lol
eh, what about toe brockley. lol LUSTARD
  • Score: 2

6:35pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Mike2012 says...

Well, he's got my vote, and i'm sure any other level-headed citizen who can see where this town is heading!
Well, he's got my vote, and i'm sure any other level-headed citizen who can see where this town is heading! Mike2012
  • Score: 14

6:59pm Sun 17 Aug 14

darloboss says...

looks a little wet between the lugoles
looks a little wet between the lugoles darloboss
  • Score: -7

7:58pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Jonn says...

Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.
Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man. Jonn
  • Score: -6

8:04pm Sun 17 Aug 14

David Lacey says...

What a surprise Jonn.
What a surprise Jonn. David Lacey
  • Score: 1

10:36pm Sun 17 Aug 14

calumannabel says...

If you go to his company's website it appears that it is just a lobbying company set up to take advantage of the 2010 election results - their words. Some of the company's clients are medical based but not all. I bet his clients get a good 'ride' if he's elected. Another one looking to put his snout in the trough!
Don't vote it only encourages them
If you go to his company's website it appears that it is just a lobbying company set up to take advantage of the 2010 election results - their words. Some of the company's clients are medical based but not all. I bet his clients get a good 'ride' if he's elected. Another one looking to put his snout in the trough! Don't vote it only encourages them calumannabel
  • Score: -6

2:42am Mon 18 Aug 14

SirLance says...

With some of the comments placed here it's no wonder where Darlington remains today! Sad!
With some of the comments placed here it's no wonder where Darlington remains today! Sad! SirLance
  • Score: 7

6:21am Mon 18 Aug 14

Jim Dodds says...

Just remember Thatcher and all the companies that once thrived here before her social vandalism.
Just remember Thatcher and all the companies that once thrived here before her social vandalism. Jim Dodds
  • Score: -9

7:32am Mon 18 Aug 14

Jim Dodds says...

Zero tolerance for unemployment, zero tolerance for NHS privatisation, zero tolerance for aggressive foreign policies especially in the Middle East, zero tolerance for PR replacing honest responsibility, zero tolerance for magistrates sentencing accused defendants to custodial remand when 75% of those imprisoned are proved to be innocent, zero tolerance for over simplified solutions like zero tolerance policing to complicated problems which would be another step on the road to military style policing as presently practiced in America. Can't tolerate public demonstrations against government policies can we? Also, it would be much cheaper to have G4S policing our communities wouldn't it? Just look at the fine job they do in our prisons and manning the border posts between Israel and Gaza. Ask your present MP for information re the the privatisation of the probation service. Zero tolerance policing? How about zero tolerance for the privatisation of our post office and railways? Zero tolerance for tax havens and those who use them.
Zero tolerance for unemployment, zero tolerance for NHS privatisation, zero tolerance for aggressive foreign policies especially in the Middle East, zero tolerance for PR replacing honest responsibility, zero tolerance for magistrates sentencing accused defendants to custodial remand when 75% of those imprisoned are proved to be innocent, zero tolerance for over simplified solutions like zero tolerance policing to complicated problems which would be another step on the road to military style policing as presently practiced in America. Can't tolerate public demonstrations against government policies can we? Also, it would be much cheaper to have G4S policing our communities wouldn't it? Just look at the fine job they do in our prisons and manning the border posts between Israel and Gaza. Ask your present MP for information re the the privatisation of the probation service. Zero tolerance policing? How about zero tolerance for the privatisation of our post office and railways? Zero tolerance for tax havens and those who use them. Jim Dodds
  • Score: -7

9:39am Mon 18 Aug 14

oliviaden6 says...

Jonn wrote:
Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.
If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government
Thankyou
[quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.[/p][/quote]If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government Thankyou oliviaden6
  • Score: 10

4:28pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Counterview says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
Jonn wrote:
Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.
If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government
Thankyou
Taking a legacy of BORROW BORROW and turning it into BORROW BORROW BORROW LONG TERM ECONOMIC PLAN AND BORROW AGAIN. Just check the annual deficit figures if you're not convinced.
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.[/p][/quote]If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government Thankyou[/p][/quote]Taking a legacy of BORROW BORROW and turning it into BORROW BORROW BORROW LONG TERM ECONOMIC PLAN AND BORROW AGAIN. Just check the annual deficit figures if you're not convinced. Counterview
  • Score: 3

5:03pm Mon 18 Aug 14

hogworth says...

Good old negative Darlingtonians.
Good old negative Darlingtonians. hogworth
  • Score: -3

5:49pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Counterview says...

hogworth wrote:
Good old negative Darlingtonians.
Just like UKIP. Negative campaigning works a treat.
[quote][p][bold]hogworth[/bold] wrote: Good old negative Darlingtonians.[/p][/quote]Just like UKIP. Negative campaigning works a treat. Counterview
  • Score: 2

6:06pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Jonn says...

oliviaden6 wrote:
Jonn wrote:
Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.
If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government
Thankyou
In 2007 (before the crash started by the US banking system), as shadow Chancellor, Osbourne matched Government spending so don't have any delusions that the Tories are prudent. Now, go and look at the UK debt figure today, it's nearly doubled in 4 years, talk about 'borrow borrow'.
Don't be fooled.
[quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.[/p][/quote]If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government Thankyou[/p][/quote]In 2007 (before the crash started by the US banking system), as shadow Chancellor, Osbourne matched Government spending so don't have any delusions that the Tories are prudent. Now, go and look at the UK debt figure today, it's nearly doubled in 4 years, talk about 'borrow borrow'. Don't be fooled. Jonn
  • Score: -1

6:09am Tue 19 Aug 14

jewitt says...

So Labour caused the crisis in USA and Other WE as well? How come national debt has increased to 75% of GDP. When will ordinary people see the spoils of this imbalanced and unsustainable recovery or does that just go to the banker chums in the principality. When will see a rise in real incomes that can invigorate the declining town centre. As for the candidate, classic tory material - consultant working and living in London. How the Tories can push the local theme is laughable. Couldn't wait to get out of Darlington.
So Labour caused the crisis in USA and Other WE as well? How come national debt has increased to 75% of GDP. When will ordinary people see the spoils of this imbalanced and unsustainable recovery or does that just go to the banker chums in the principality. When will see a rise in real incomes that can invigorate the declining town centre. As for the candidate, classic tory material - consultant working and living in London. How the Tories can push the local theme is laughable. Couldn't wait to get out of Darlington. jewitt
  • Score: -1

6:11am Tue 19 Aug 14

jewitt says...

Jonn wrote:
oliviaden6 wrote:
Jonn wrote:
Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.
If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government
Thankyou
In 2007 (before the crash started by the US banking system), as shadow Chancellor, Osbourne matched Government spending so don't have any delusions that the Tories are prudent. Now, go and look at the UK debt figure today, it's nearly doubled in 4 years, talk about 'borrow borrow'.
Don't be fooled.
Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oliviaden6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: Given the utter lies, deceit and ideological austerity the Conservatives have dished out to the population, plus their general contempt for the masses and their first priority being to serve their City of London paymasters (see party donors), plus their long list of MP's with interests in private healthcare providers, I shall not be voting for this man.[/p][/quote]If LABOUR had had their way and been still in power i dread to think where the country would be today, as it stands the country is turning a corner after the legacy of BORROW BORROW of the previous government Thankyou[/p][/quote]In 2007 (before the crash started by the US banking system), as shadow Chancellor, Osbourne matched Government spending so don't have any delusions that the Tories are prudent. Now, go and look at the UK debt figure today, it's nearly doubled in 4 years, talk about 'borrow borrow'. Don't be fooled.[/p][/quote]Spot on. jewitt
  • Score: 0

9:34pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Counterview says...

No chance.
No chance. Counterview
  • Score: -1
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