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GP selected as Tory candidate in first 'open primary' vote

By Nigel Praities

A GP has been selected as the next Conservative Party parliamentary candidate for Totnes in Devon, after she received thousands of votes from constituents.

Dr Sarah Wollaston – who has no experience of politics – won an ‘open primary' contest against two local government leaders with 7,914 votes from constituents.

The vote is a first for a political party, with all 69,000 voters in the Totnes constituency able to vote to select a candidate.

Dr Wollaston, a GP at Chagford Health Centre in, Devon, told BBC Online she was delighted and 'very surprised' at the outcome.

‘I have no political background or experience and I hope in other constituencies people who, like me, have very ordinary jobs will come forward and see if they can be a candidate,' she said.

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