Tories hope Peter will strike a chord

Peter Anthony, Conservative candidate for Blackpool South
Peter Anthony, Conservative candidate for Blackpool South
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A professional singer is hoping to hit the right note with voters at the 2015 General Election.

Peter Anthony, 45, who has been an entertainer in Blackpool for nearly 30 years, has been selected to stand for the Conservatives in Blackpool South.

Originally from Oldham, he performs at the Queens Hotel on Blackpool Promenade and also runs a cafe bar in St Annes with his partner Paul.

Mr Anthony was selected by the Blackpool South Conservative Association after the shortlist had been whittled down to a final four potential candidates.

He said: “I have lived in Blackpool for 17 years and performed my first gig here when I was 16 at the Blackpool British Legion.

“I am certainly not a ‘caricature’ Conservative, as I was brought up in a two-bedroomed council house with five children.

“So it is a very working class background.

“However I have always sought out opportunity and I don’t want anything to stand in the way of what you want to be.

“I believe the Conservative Party gives people a hand up rather than a hand out. They support enterprise.”

Mr Anthony has previously served as a councillor in Oldham, but this is the first time he had applied to fight a Parliamentary seat.

He added: “I have been a hotelier and up until 2005 owned a 13-bedroomed hotel on the Promenade.

“Being a small business owner, the success of commerce and business is paramount to me. A strong and sustainable economy provides conditions which all society can benefit from.

“The promotion of Blackpool as Britain’s premier resort is of major importance to me.

“I want tourism and other businesses working together, providing jobs and security for the people of Blackpool.”

Blackpool South has been held by Labour’s Gordon Marsden since 1997.

His majority was cut to 1,852 at the last General Election in 2010, from 7,922 in 2005.

Paul Maynard won the newly created Blackpool North and Cleveleys seat in 2010 for the Conservatives.

Labour selected Sam Rushworth as its candidate for Blackpool North and Cleveleys last year. He grew up in Blackpool and is a former pupil of Hodgson High School in Poulton.