Conservatives choose candidate for Cameron's seat

Robert Courts will represent the Conservatives for the constituency of Witney & West Oxfordshire. Credit:

The Conservative Party has selected a barrister to be its candidate for David Cameron's constituency in Oxfordshire.

Father-of-one Robert Courts, 37, was on Thursday night chosen to run as the Tory candidate for the constituency of Witney & West Oxfordshire.

Speaking after his selection, Mr Courts said he is "hugely honoured" and paid tribute to Mr Cameron.

I believe it is vital that Witney and West Oxfordshire residents continue to have a strong local voice in Parliament and I will work tirelessly to ensure that residents' views and concerns are heard.

I look forward to meeting and speaking with as many local residents as possible in the coming weeks and discussing the issues that matter to them.

– Robert Courts

Mr Courts has been a West Oxfordshire District Councillor since 2014 and was described by the Conservative Party as a "devoted champion for the area".

David Cameron said he is "delighted" at the selection of Mr Courts.

He added: "This was a strong shortlist of local candidates and I'm delighted Robert Courts has been chosen.

"Witney and West Oxfordshire deserves - and will now get - an excellent Conservative candidate to stand up for local people and back Theresa May's government.

"It's been a huge honour to serve Witney and West Oxfordshire and I look forward to helping Robert in the forthcoming by-election."

The former Prime Minister resigned from Parliament earlier this month saying he did not want to be a "distraction" to the government.