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Beaten Canterbury and Whitstable candidate Sir Julian Brazier throws his hat in the ring

By Gerry Warren

Sir Julian Brazier could yet return to frontline politics after revealing he has put his name forward to be a future Conservative parliamentary candidate.

The defeated MP represented the city and Whitstable for 30 years before losing his seat to Labour’s Rosie Duffield in June in the biggest upset of the general election.

Despite speculation he would retire, the 63-year-old has applied for a place on the national Conservative Party’s list of approved candidates and is continuing to maintain a political profile.

Sir Julian Brazier
Sir Julian Brazier

But he claims he has yet to make up his mind as to whether he would run for office again, even if offered the opportunity.

"I’ve haven’t made a firm decision about my future," he said. “I am just keeping my options open, although it will be up to the national party to decide whether I make their list.

"At this stage, I am finding interesting stuff to do and will continue to take a close interest in the area and campaign on things like the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, not least because I’m a resident here."

Canterbury and Whitstable Labour MP Rosie Duffield
Canterbury and Whitstable Labour MP Rosie Duffield

Although Sir Julian does not think another election is likely in the near future, he has become increasingly vocal on local issues on social media, which he admits he failed to do enough of during the election campaign.

His website, www.julianbrazier.co.uk, is also still up and running, but he says it will come down when the contract with his provider expires.

If his political career is to be reignited, his name will have to make a shortlist of candidates given to the Canterbury Conservative Association, which will choose who fights the next election for the constituency seat.

But for now Sir Julian is concentrating on new work opportunities.

"I have to earn a living and I’ve started to do a bit of this and that, including my first position with a start-up firm in the security field," he said.

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