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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Ex-Corrie star could be Tory MP
Adam Rickitt
Mr Rickitt was chosen by interview
Former Coronation Street pin-up Adam Rickitt has been selected as a potential Conservative MP.

The 27-year-old actor, known for his "six-pack" stomach, is on the party's candidates shortlist, having been tested on his public speaking skills.

A Conservative spokeswoman said it was "exciting to have younger people in the frame to become MPs".

Mr Rickitt played Nick Tilsley in Coronation Street and has also had a career in pop music.

Jumpers off

Mr Rickitt, who has modelled topless for women's and gay magazines, was selected by interview for the party's approved candidates list.

He could follow Olympic athlete Sebastian Coe and author and presenter Giles Brandreth - better known for wearing brightly coloured jumpers than displaying his midriff - as a Tory MP.

Giles Brandreth
Giles Brandreth was another celebrity who became a Tory MP

Mr Rickitt shared Coronation Street's first gay kiss with Todd Grimshaw, played by Bruno Langley.

A Tory spokeswoman said: "It's fantastic that we are coming up with exciting candidates who could then enter parliament.

"He would still be quite young by the time of the next election."

Constituency parties are able to choose candidates from Central Office's approved list.

Mr Rickitt is currently abroad on holiday.

It is unknown whom he supports in the current race for the Conservative leadership.

Environmentalist Zac Goldsmith, editor of the Ecologist magazine, has also been chosen for the approved list.

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