Former Olympic Gold medalist James Cracknell is expected to put his name forward as a potential Conservative candidate for the Banbury constituency after current MP Tony Baldry announced he was standing down this week.
Mr Cracknell – who won rowing golds for Great Britain in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games – has hinted to the Banbury Guardian that he will consider standing for election in Banbury.
In a statement on Wednesday Mr Cracknell told the Banbury Guardian he is on the Conservative Party’s candidate list for 2015 and has submitted a CV for their consideration.
But in a possible signal of his intentions of where he might stand if approved by Tory headquarters, he added: “Having lived for several years – and trained for the Olympics – in Oxfordshire, the county has always had a special place in my heart.”
See this week’s Banbury Guardian for the full report on Mr Baldry’s decision and the debate on possible candidates to replace him.