A LIFELONG Rugby resident has been selected as the new Conservative parliamentary candidate for Rugby and Bulkington.
With Mark Pawsey MP retiring at the next General Election, Rugby Conservatives have chosen Hillmorton County Councillor Yousef Dahmash to stand at the next poll.
Coun Dahmash has been a councillor since 2013 and sits on Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet. He has worked in Mark Pawsey’s office for several years.
He grew up in Rugby, attending primary school in Bilton before moving to Lawrence Sheriff School. His mother’s family were well known in Hillmorton, running the local butchers on the High Street. Both his parents worked in the NHS – his mother as a nurse and his father as a surgeon. He lives in Hillmorton with his young family.
Coun Dahmash said: “It’s a real honour to have been chosen to stand in Rugby and Bulkington at the next General Election. To be given the opportunity to represent the place and people I love in Parliament is a privilege; it is not something I take lightly.
“Rugby is my home, I grew up here, I’m raising my family here and all I want is the best for everyone who lives here. I know the challenges we face, and the concerns, hopes and ambitions of local residents, because they’re mine too. Now, I’m asking for the opportunity to serve the community which I love in Parliament and to fight for the interests of Rugby and Bulkington.
“Working with Mark, and with our councillors, I’ve learnt so much. I know how to tackle local issues and to get results. Whether it’s pressing NHS commissioners for new services at St Cross, especially an upgrade for accident and emergency care, attracting greater investment to our town centre or making sure our children get the best start in life, I’ll always continue to put the people of Rugby and Bulkington first.”
Mr Pawsey said: “I can think of nobody better to pass the torch to when I stand down.
“I have known Yousef for many years, and he has the determination, enthusiasm and dedication to represent the people of Rugby and Bulkington.
“As someone who has – like me – grown up in Rugby, I know Yousef is passionate about our town. He will work tirelessly to build on the work we have achieved since 2010 to ensure that Rugby remains a great place to live, work and raise a family.”