Having a 'crack' at Europe

Olympic gold medallist, James Cracknell, has revealed his plan to become an MEP for the south west

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Cracknell's bid to be a European MP

Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell has been talking about his latest challenge - to become a Euro-MP for the south west. The man who twice won gold for rowing, is on the Conservative list of candidates for next year's election.

Today he said he didn't feel his sporting prowess was the reason for his selection - or that the effects of a serious head injury would hamper his chances. He was speaking to our political correspondent Bob Constantine at the Conservative conference in Manchester.