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Ballot success runs in the family

PUBLISHED: 17:45 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010

A conservative candidate who went to school in the borough has overturned a large Labour majority in the general election, weeks after election success for his father. Alec Shelbrooke, 34, took the Leeds constituency Elmet and Rothwell with a 10 per cent

A conservative candidate who went to school in the borough has overturned a large Labour majority in the general election, weeks after election success for his father.

Alec Shelbrooke, 34, took the Leeds constituency Elmet and Rothwell with a 10 per cent swing, only six weeks after his father Derek's success in the Meopham by-election to Gravesham Borough Council.

Mr Shelbrooke, who grew up in Vigo before attending Leeds University and settling in Yorkshire, revealed his father followed him into the world of politics.

"It has taken me 10 years to get down here," he said, "It is just great."

The mechanical engineer ran in the 2005 general election in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, but was beaten into second spot by Labour candidate Mary Creagh.

His father, of Timber Bank, Vigo, was delighted with his son's success.

He said: "We are absolutely thrilled for him. He has worked so hard to achieve this.


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