Conservatives select candidate to fight seat at next general election - The Leamington Observer

Conservatives select candidate to fight seat at next general election

ENTREPRENEUR James Uffindell has been selected to try and win the Warwick and Leamington seat for the Conservatives at the next general election.

Born, raised, and educated in Warwick and Leamington, he went on to study at the University of Oxford, and lacking the family connections to get into the corporate world, started his first business in his university bedroom in 1999 helping students from non-traditional backgrounds access the UK’s top universities.

During his teenage years, he juggled his studies alongside roles as a taxi-controller as well as working in local pubs and hotels – it was his experiences as a young person that ignited his passion for social mobility.

In 2013, having sold his first business, Mr Uffindell started Bright Network, a social mobility technology platform that connects nearly one million students and graduates with the world of work.

Bright Network now employs ~200 people with offices in London and Edinburgh and has just launched into Germany.

Mr Uffindell put forward his vision to local Conservative members at North Leamington School.

He was selected to be the prospective parliamentary candidate in the next general election, which is due to be held before the end of January 2025.

The 44 year-old said “I am over the moon to be the prospective parliamentary candidate for Warwick and Leamington.

“Whilst I now operate at a national and international level, fundamentally I am a local lad and have been lucky enough to benefit from the best of what Warwick and Leamington has to offer. This really is the best place in the world to work and live and I’m honoured to be able to represent the Conservative Party at the next election.

“I am aware there is a lot of hard work and listening to do – I will be spending the coming weeks out and about meeting and talking to the brilliant people of Warwick and Leamington, something I have actually been doing for the last 44 years of my life! I’m not a professional politician, I’m a business guy and like to get things done rather than talking about things. I really can’t wait to get started”.

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