A former Conservative MP from Crewe and Nantwich will be the man to fight Antoinette Sandbach for the Eddisbury seat next month.

Edward Timpson has been selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Eddisbury with a pledge to 'respect the democratic right of the British people and ensure Brexit is delivered'.

The former MP for Crewe and Nantwich, who lost his seat to Labour's Laura Smith by 48 votes, was selected by members of the Eddisbury Conservative Association at a packed meeting at Willington Hall in Tarporley on Thursday evening.

His campaign will focus on delivering a successful Brexit for Eddisbury, ensuring that the benefits of leaving the European Union are maximised both economically and socially.

Mr Timpson says he will stand up for local residents in Westminster, ensuring their voices are heard, including continuing to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Cheshire and across the UK.

After the selection Edward said: “I am delighted to be selected as the Conservative candidate for Eddisbury.

“I have lived with my family here for over 30 years, in fact first joining the Eddisbury Conservative Association in 2005, so have strong ties with the area.

“In my previous role as MP for Crewe and Nantwich and a government minister I had many years of rewarding experience representing Cheshire and am best placed to stand up for the residents here, fighting for them at the heart of Westminster.

“I believe that it’s only the Conservatives who can realise the benefits of Brexit and get our country back on the road to a brighter future.

"All the other parties can offer—including the Liberal Democrats—is more delay and confusion.

“Trying to ignore the referendum and cancel Brexit will just mean we keep on arguing whilst other important issues at home–like the NHS, agriculture, schools and police–don’t get the attention they deserve."