Hammersmith & Chiswick Conservatives have chosen a high-profile crime fighter and local councillor as their standard bearer for the next General Election. Activists attended a packed meeting on Friday 21 October at Chiswick’s George IV pub to choose 34-year-old barrister Andrew Dinsmore from a three-person shortlist. Andrew hit the headlines earlier this year after taking an online petition to the Home Office with over 140,000 signatures. This led directly to the inclusion of machetes in the ban of so-called ‘zombie’ knives from sale in the UK. He is currently Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group on Hammersmith and Fulham Council.
Mr Dinsmore will fight the next general election (expected to take place in 2024) in the new seat created from three Chiswick wards and the central parts of Hammersmith. He said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the candidate. I look forward to taking my work as a councillor forward in this fantastic area to campaign on transport, housing, health and crime.”
Mark Loveday, elected as Chair of the newly formed Hammersmith & Chiswick Conservative Association at the same meeting, said, “Andrew is someone who not only talks about soaring crime in Labour London, but does something about it. He beat a very good list of applicants for the nomination and will win for us here.”
Andrew wasted no time, visiting Charing Cross Hospital with the Health Secretary, Steve Barclay MP, and the Party Chairman, Greg Hands MP, on Monday 23 October. They met with the Chief Executive of the hospital to discuss the refurbishment plans and witnessed the brilliant results from ongoing investment leading to, amongst other things, a doubling of capacity in Endoscopy. He will continue campaigning for the floor-by-floor refurbishment of the hospital that the Government is delivering.