WINCHESTER Conservatives are seeking new blood to fight in this May’s city council elections.

The association is able to field a full quota in the election but since the extension of Conservative parliamentary seats into the Midlands and the north, it has decided the party in Winchester district needs to reflect the ‘Boris bounce’ and is hoping to attract people from all walks of life.

Local association chairman Jonathan Legat said: “There has been so much excitement about the general election win and how the party has moved away from its traditional support and into uncharted territory in some ways.

“To reflect this we’ve decided we want to look out into Winchester district and ask if there are people out there who have not thought of standing for election as a Conservative but share our values.

“As a local party we don’t want to stand still; we want talented, community-driven people from all walks of life and with a wide-range of life experience fighting on Conservative values of tolerance and liberty, excellent public services and value for the taxpayer.”

The association is looking for anyone 18 or over, living in the city council area who can demonstrate a track record of community action or volunteering, while holding Conservative values. The party is also looking for business people or those with a strong environmental background as it embraces the green agenda.

Anyone who is interested should email or telephoning 01962 679910 to request an application form.