A former BBC journalist has been chosen to fight Dorset South for the Conservatives at the next General Election.
Richard Drax was a reporter for BBC Radio Solent and South Today and was elected in a ballot of members on Thursday night.
The 48-year-old, who spent nine years in the Army, beat off competition from 31 other applicants.
Mr Drax who lives in South Dorset, immediately resigned from the BBC.
The seat is currently held by Labour's Jim Knight with a majority of less than 2,000.