Former leader of Conservative Group chosen to stand against Wakefield MP Mary Creagh

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The city’s Conservative party has announced its candidate to stand in the general election in May.

Antony Calvert will stand for the city’s parliamentary seat after being endorsed by Wakefield Conservative Association.

Mr Calvert, 36, who was a district councillor and led the Wakefield Conservative Group in 2007, will be up against Labour MP Mary Creagh in the election.

He said: “To be selected to fight in your home town is a deep honour and I am grateful for the confidence of my local association.

“This will be a hard fought campaign against a two-term incumbent MP.”

Mr Calvert contested the new Morley and Outwood seat in 2010, losing to Labour’s Ed Balls.

In that election he achieved the best result for any Tory candidate against a Labour incumbent in the country.

Mr Calvert, who is on the board of a national property company, attended Outwood Grange school and became a councillor for Wrenthorpe and Outwood West in 2004.

The Conservative Party hopes to stay in power after forming a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats in 2010.

Labour failed to secure a majority in the last general election after being in power since 1997.