THE Conservative party has announced a new parliamentary candidate.

Joe Miller will stand for the Tories in the Brighton Kemptown Constituency.

The 25-year-old is currently a councillor representing the Rottingdean Coastal ward.

A spokesman for Brighton Kemptown Conservatives said: "At a packed Special General Meeting of Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Conservative Association on Sunday, Brighton-born Joe Miller was selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for the Brighton Kemptown Constituency.

The Argus:

"Joe joined the Conservative Party at the age of 17, after the financial crisis as he saw mismanagement of the country’s finances hurt the poorest the most.

"As a result of that Joe got more and more involved in politics, and came into contact with great local councillors who really made a difference to their ward resident’s lives and the city as a whole.

"Joe thought he had something to add in both regards and also thought it would be good to have younger representation on the council - especially Conservative young representation.

"So that is what drove him to stand."

The Argus:

Speaking after the meeting Joe said: "I am humbled and honoured to have been selected as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Conservative Party.

"I look forward to the campaign to unseat the current Labour MP, and invite any residents to join my team to help me in this campaign.

"If elected I will be the strong and loud voice in Westminster that we deserve.

"It would be my honour and my privilege to represent you, the area in which I was born and which I love.

"As such I hope I can count on your support.”

The Argus:

The seat is currently held by Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle who was elected in the 2017 general election.

A spokesman for Brighton Kemptown Conservatives said Joe had "hit the ground running" as, shortly after the meeting, the young candidate travelled around the constituency knocking on doors and meeting residents.