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James Cracknell in the running as Banbury MP?

Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell is expected to put his name forward to replace Sir Tony Baldry as the Conservative partys 2015 prospective parliamentary candidate for Banbury NNL-140309-121840001

Double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell is expected to put his name forward to replace Sir Tony Baldry as the Conservative partys 2015 prospective parliamentary candidate for Banbury NNL-140309-121840001

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.

 

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