Manchester Conservatives announce one of their election candidates is a councillor from Wisbech

Michelle Tanfield

Michelle Tanfield - Credit: Archant

A Fenland District councillor is standing as a paper candidate for the Conservatives in Manchester.

Michelle Tanfield Johnson has been chosen to represent what is considered a labour safe seat in Broughton and Blackley.

Mrs Tanfield Johnson, portfolio holder for leisure and children and young people, said: “I don’t stand a chance of getting in as we only get around 10% of the votes, but it is good experience.

“At some point in the future I would like to be an MP but right now this is just to gain experience. I have been on the candidates list for two years and when this opportunity came up I thought why not.

She added: “It is better to have a paper candidate than leave a seat empty. I will not be campaigning in Manchester or putting any energy into it. My heart is in supporting the Conservatives in Fenland and always will be.”

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On an announcement on the Manchester Conservatives Federation website their chairman Nicholas Savage said: “Today I am proud to announce that Manchester Conservatives have selected four excellent candidates.

“Their diverse backgrounds and wealth of professional experience will make a valuable addition to the campaign both locally and nationally.

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“Together with the officers, activists and members I look forward to working with them over the coming months and wish them well for the General Election.”

Married with one son, Mrs Tanfield lives in Wisbech and runs her own computer recycling company.

Prior to founding her own business, she worked for Essex County Council and the London Pensions Fund Authority.

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