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Name: Ed Vaizey
Candidate for: Wantage
After graduating from Merton College, Oxford, Ed Vaizey, 41, worked for the Conservative Party’s research department before practising as a barrister.
In 1996, he became the director of a PR company, later becoming a speech-writer for Michael Howard. He was elected MP for Wantage in 2005, and since November 2006 has been the Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Culture. He married in September 2005 and has two young children.
He said: “It has been a fantastic privilege to serve the Wantage and Didcot constituency.
“I have dealt with hundreds of cases and campaigned on local issues such as the reservoir, the incinerator and a new railway station for Wantage and Grove.
“I think I’ve got a good record, but this is also an election for a national government.
“We need a Conservative government to tackle the economic crisis. We were the first party to be open and honest about the need to reduce the deficit and we will hold an emergency budget in the first 50 days to get Britain back on track.
“People are frustrated with faceless bureaucracies telling them what to do. We want to pass down power to give people a say over their lives and support individuals and their families.”
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