A BUSINESSWOMAN whose family fled to Britain after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran has been chosen as the prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for South Ribble.
Seema Kennedy, 39, was chosen by party activists with a majority of the vote.
Current Conservative MP Lorraine Fullbrook announced in September she would step down at the next election.
Mum-of-three Ms Kennedy, who grew up in Blackburn, said she was “humbled and honoured” to be selected.
She said: “The residents of the constituency will be my first priority and I’ll be working every hour in every day on their behalf.
“It’s a great association, people have been very warm in welcoming me and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Ms Fullbrook, 54, who won the seat from Labour with a 5,554 majority at the 2010 General Election, said she was “delighted” with the choice. She said: “I am absolutely delighted that Seema Kennedy is the new Conservative Party candidate for South Ribble and I’m pleased a women will be following in my footsteps.
“I’ll be cheering her on when we declare that she will be the next Conservative member of Parliament for South Ribble and I’ll be helping her every step of the way.”
The local Conservative Association chairman, Phil Smith, said “I’m really looking forward to working with Seema Kennedy, she was the stand out candidate from a list of excellent applicants, we aim to build on the excellent work Lorraine has done on behalf of the community since 2010.”
Ms Kennedy, whose father is Persian and mother Irish, is a Cambridge graduate who specialised in property law and is involved in the property business.