Tories stick with Reevell for 2015 poll

DEWSBURY and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell has been re-selected to fight the next general election for the Conservatives.

He was backed unanimously at a meeting of the area’s Conservative Association last week.

The barrister, 47, is in his first term, having beaten incumbent Labour MP Shahid Malik three years ago by 1,526 votes.

He is confident of success in the May 2015 poll and said: “I’m very flattered to have been re-selected as the candidate.

“I’m determined to continue working hard for all constituents. I’m also confident we can do as well in 2015 as we did in 2010.”

He lives in Kirkburton, which is part of the Dewsbury and Mirfield seat, with wife Louise. His constituency office is in Northgate, Dewsbury.

Mr Reevell, who has an economics degree from the former Manchester Polytechnic, has courted controversy over his continuing legal career.

Having trained as a lawyer, he was called to the bar in 1990 and specialises in criminal cases and military courts-martials.

Records show he can sometimes double his £64,000-a-year salary as an MP.

But he has always denied opposition claims of being a part-time MP, which was echoed by constituency chairman Alan Burton.

He said: “The hard work and determination Simon has shown in the last three years in helping residents is clear for all to see.

“Simon works hard, is very visible and spends more time in parliament than many MPs. He’s certainly not a part-time MP.

“He was never a career politician, but wants to serve the public. I’m delighted Simon has been re-selected.”

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