Tory MP to stand again

Guy Opperman
Guy Opperman

MP GUY Opperman has been re-selected by his Party to stand for the Hexham seat at the next General Election.

Mr Opperman, who was first elected for the constituency in 2010, has been given the unanimous support of Hexham Conservative Association’s Executive Council to continue as the Party’s representative for the area.

The constituency stretches from Haltwhistle to Whalton.

In 2010, Mr Opperman was elected with a majority of 5,788.

He said: “It has been a real honour to serve as Hexham’s local MP for the last four years. I hope I have tried to do things a little differently from the standard MP.

“I have tried my hardest to get stuck in, get my hands dirty and not be afraid to stand up for our community.”

He added: “They say a week is a long time in politics, in which case, a year must be a lifetime. I hope over the next year, leading up to the election, I can work to continue to earn people’s vote.

“Not as an MP they always agree with, or as an MP with all the answers, but as a local MP who always puts our area first and stands up for local people.

“That is why I am standing for re-election – to carry on that fight for our community and put local people first.”

Mr Opperman first became interested in politics after giving up his time as a barrister for free to lead a campaign to oppose the closure of the NHS, which he has credited with saving his mother’s life from cancer.

In April 2011, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering from headaches while at work in Parliament and underwent emergency surgery. After several months, he made a full recovery and has spoken of his ‘incredible debt’ to the NHS. He continues to champion the service in Parliament.

In Ponteland, he has been involved in a high-profile campaign to stop developers from building houses on greenbelt land.