Jeremy Quin has been selected by the Conservatives as their Horsham candidate for the General Election.
Mr Quin currently lives in North Buckinghamshire with his wife, works as a company adviser, and was a Treasury official during the financial crisis.
He recently served a three-year term as chairman of the Buckingham Constituency Conservative Association, read History at Oxford University and is a past president of the Oxford Union.
The Horsham constituency includes the Mid Sussex wards of Ardingly and Balcombe.
Francis Maude announced in January he would not be standing after 18 years as Horsham’s MP and on March 12, members of the Horsham Conservative Association voted for his potential successor at the Drill Hall in Denne Road.
Mr Quin said: “It’s a huge honour to have this extraordinary opportunity to be able to serve the people of this constituency as a Conservative party candidate.
“There’s a lot of work to be done for the campaign which is coming up very soon. I will be campaigning hard around the whole constituency and I look forward to meeting as many constituents as possible over the weeks to come.”
Horsham Conservative Association chairman Brad Watson added: “We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Quin as our prospective parliamentary candidate and the association members have made an excellent choice to take us forward.
“Jeremy Quin will make a brilliant Member of Parliament and we are all looking forward to working towards our goal of securing the Horsham seat for the next parliament.”
Mr Quin will be standing against UKIP’s Roger Arthur, Labour’s Martyn Davis, Darrin Green of the Green Party, Something New for Horsham’s James Smith, and independent Jim Rae. The Lib Dems have yet to announce a candidate.