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Tory candidate chosen in primary

Charlotte Vere

Charlotte Vere says her priorities are the economy and climate change

A charity chief executive has been elected as a Conservative Party candidate for the next general election in a US-style primary vote in Sussex.

Charlotte Vere was elected by residents in the Brighton Pavilion constituency during a hustings-style event staged at the Grand Hotel on Wednesday night.

Six contenders faced 20 minutes of questioning before a series of elimination votes were held.

The Brighton Pavilion seat is currently held by Labour.

The vacancy arose after Dr David Bull, a former presenter on the BBC's Newsround programme, stepped down earlier this year.

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