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Gyimah triumphs in rock-solid seat

Sam Gyimah will be one of up to 11 new Tory MPs

Congratulations to Sam Gyimah, who won the contest to become Conservative candidate in East Surrey, a rock-solid Tory heartland.

The 33-year-old entrepreneur and former president of the Oxford Union is guaranteed to enter parliament.

His victory yesterday brings to eleven the number of new BME candidates likely to take their places on the Conservative benches after the general election, in addition to the current pair of Adam Afriyie and Shailesh Vara, who are also certain to be returned.

Operation Black Vote’s director Simon Woolley, writing on ConservativeHome website, said: “Congratulations to Sam. I’m sure he’ll be an excellent candidate and role model. We should also applaud the Tory party too. In its long history the party is about to make the biggest breakthrough on diversity during this election campaign.”

Gyimah fought a highly effective selection battle for another safe Tory seat in Gosport last November, and although he was pipped to the post, his campaign made a big impression.

He was first tipped for political success by the New Nation in 2008. The son of a Ghanian doctor and nurse, he worked for Goldman Sachs before setting up the Workology business.

We praised the Conservatives in December for the stunning progress they had made in picking eight new BME candidates in safe or highly winnable seats (Helen Grant, Priti Patel, Rehman Chishti, Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, Shaun Bailey, Zahid Iqbal, Adeela Shafi and Alok Sharma).

Since then the Tories have also chosen Kwasi Kwarteng and Sajid Javid.

In addition, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi – a former OBV alumni – is likely to be a senior minister if David Cameron enters Downing Street.

The Conservative’s shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve recently praised OBV for its work in encouraging the party to improve its diversity, and supporting and championing individual candidates.

The current success in selecting BME talent is partly as a result of the past 14 years of campaigning and behind-the-scenes talks with the hierarchy of all three main political parties, to ensure that parliament reflects the society it serves.

Gyimah beat Iain Dale in the East Surrey contest. Woolley said: “I’d like to applaud Iain Dale, who along with others has helped move the party to a progressive ground. Furthermore, when he has lost a selection battle he has always heaped praise on the victor. I hope he doesn’t give up his aspiration of becoming a MP. He’ll be a credit to the party and our democracy.”

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  1. Congratulations Sam and all the best in the General Election I will be rooting for you.

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