Conservative candidate for Sheffield Hallam revealed

Ian Walker, Conservative candidate
Ian Walker, Conservative candidate
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The Conservative candidate going up against Nick Clegg in the general election says it is a ‘time for integrity’ in politics.

The Conservative candidate going up against Nick Clegg in the general election says it is a ‘time for integrity’ in politics.

Businessman Ian Walker, who stood as the party’s candidate for the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, is to stand in Sheffield Hallam at the general election.

The 56-year-old dad grew up and worked in Sheffield, moved away for a decade and now lives in Ecclesall.

He said: “I was born and bred in Hallam, I still live there, I feel passionately about Sheffield and that it is time for a change in Hallam.

“We are straight talking people in South Yorkshire, people are suspicious of career politicians. Nick Clegg is someone who epitomises some of the worst aspects of a career politicians.

“People are looking for more integrity and authenticity in politics these days.”

Hallam was held by the Conservatives for 69 years until 1997, but the party now has no elected representatives in Sheffield.

Mr Walker said he hoped to turn that around.

He added: “This is a seat that has Conservative support and it is time to put forward the Conservative arguments - we also need to get back to the position where local people are representing their constituencies.”