Romsey Conservatives have chosen a member of a well known family to contest the North Baddesley by election later this month.

George McMenemy is being backed by his grandad, former Southampton FC manager Lawrie, who steered the Saints to an FA Cup final victory over Manchester United in 1976, in his bid to win the seat on Test Valley Borough Council.

Lawrie said: “Sir George, as I call him, is one of our nine grandchildren. I always enjoy my long chats with him - whether it's about football or putting the world to rights. He has already been through so much in his life and has got through it with passion and determination. I am so proud of him.

"One of his greatest gifts is a yearning to help and listen to people with a smile on his face and a driving motivation to enrich others. So I know he would be the perfect person to represent North Baddesley and be the people's champion they deserve!”

George added: “I’m delighted to be the Conservative candidate in North Baddesley. For too long the Lib Dems have taken North Baddesley for granted. People have told me how they feel they are neglected in favour of other areas. I have the energy and determination to change that and make sure North Baddesley gets the attention it deserves.”

Cllr Nick Adams-King, chair of Romsey Conservatives said: “Our local members were tremendously impressed by George’s enthusiasm and energy, we’re sure he’ll make a fantastic councillor if elected on March 24th.”