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General Election 2015: Just who is Craig Tracey, North Warwickshire's new MP?

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: May 13, 2015

Walter Gibson

Mr Tracey, pictured centre with wife-to-be Karen and former MP Dan Byles, stormed to victory at last week's General Election, ousting bookies' favourite and Labour represetative Mike O'Brien by 2,973 votes.

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Extra 2,973 put the 'X' next to Craig Tracey, your new MP

- Born in Durham in 1974. His mum's side of the family came from a mining background while his dad was one of 15 children.

- He lives in Shuttington, near Polesworth, and moved to North Warwickshire from the North East in 1997.

- Craig started his own small business, an insurance brokers, at the age of just 21 having left school and started work at 17.

- Craig was selected by North Warwickshire Conservative Association in September 2014 – he won on the first round in a secret ballot vote.

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- The newly-elected MP married partner Karen Mercer-West two weeks before he was selected to become the local Conservative candidate. The pair had their 'honeymoon' at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. However, since winning his seat in Parliament, Craig has promised Karen to a proper honeymoon in the near future.

Mr Tracey stormed to victory at last week's General Election, ousting bookies' favourite and Labour represetative Mike O'Brien by 2,973 votes.

Among his key priorities are the George Eliot Hospital, HS2, local road safety, protecting the county's green belt, supporting local schools and the need for extended high-speed broadband.

In his victory speech, Mr Tracey said: "I would like to thank every resident who voted for me and everyone who supported me during the campaign. I will be dedicated to our community and will always put local residents first.

"North Warwickshire is my home, I will always be here to support local people. There are a number of local issues that we need to focus on, including fighting against HS2, supporting the George Eliot Hospital, supporting residents over planning decisions and securing a growing local economy with more job opportunities.

"I am convinced we have a bright future ahead of us in North Warwickshire and for our country."

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