A town centre businessman will lead the Conservative charge to represent Hyndburn in Parliament.
Kevin Horkin, who is the former mayor of Clitheroe and is currently a councillor in the Ribble Valley, was selected as the Tories’ prospective parliamentary candidate at the hustings in Oswaldtwistle Conservative Club.
Kevin, 52, is a former Hyndburn councillor and has been trading in Accrington since he was teenager.
Kevin, who started trading in Accrington Market aged 16, went on to set up Spex Opticians in Church Street and later went on to take over the established clothing store Ken Varey’s Town and Country Wear.
Kevin said that if elected he would want to pick up the mantle of Ken Hargreaves, who was Hyndburn’s Conservative MP from 1983 to 1992.
He said: “I would be aiming to pick up the mantle left by Ken. I want to be the Hyndburn man in Westminster, not the Westminster man in Hyndburn. I am not a pop up politician, I was a Hyndburn councillor in the eighties for six years.”
The former St Oswald’s and Holy Family Roman Catholic College pupil added that the borough desperately needed investment.
He said: “Hyndburn in particular needs some extra attention. In the past few weeks we have had a some drastic statements from big retailers. I really do feel more quality jobs have to be created in the borough. Also many places feel left out of the loop when it comes to money being spent in the constituency. Haslingden, Rishton, and Oswaldtwistle among others need their fair share. If elected I would bring a new approach.”
Conservative group leader Coun Peter Britcliffe said: “Kevin has a fantastic local knowledge, and I am delighted that someone invested in Hyndburn is going to be our candidate.”