Appleby the day - Tories select Ladywell candidate

Lewisham Conservatives have chosen Ben Appleby as their candidate for the forthcoming Ladywell by-election, triggered by the premature resignation of the incumbent Labour councillor. Ben stood as a candidate in Lewisham Central in the May elections and serves as Treasurer to the Lewisham Deptford Conservatives.

Here's what the party says about Ben:

Ben lives in Hither Green and is a management consultant with a firm that specialises in the public sector. He previously lived in Newcastle upon Tyne where he completed a degree in Politics and Economics. Ben has an interest in both local and national politics and has been an active member of the Conservative Party since he was 16. As well as his political interests he is a fan of Newcastle United, and travels to the far reaches of the country to see them play, which can sometimes be a challenge from Lewisham!