BURY'S Conservative group leader has been selected as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate for Bury North.

James Daly will replace former MP David Nuttall, who stood as the Conservative candidate in last year's general election

The 42-year-old solicitor, who is a partner in a firm based in Bury town centre, has contested the Bolton North East seat for the party in the last two elections.

He lives with wife Jo and two young sons in Greenmount.

In addition to his role as the Conservative group leader on Bury Council, he has been a councillor for North Manor ward since 2012.

On his selection, he said: “I will fight for extra investment in our town and village centres, working with employers, education providers and trade unions to ensure we bring thousands of new job opportunities to our area giving everyone no matter their background the best chance to thrive and succeed.

“I also believe the green belt should be protected and have campaigned on this issue, putting forward proposals to prioritise building thousands of new houses on brownfield sites within the borough.

“People here should also have access to the best public services and as a councillor have pushed for investment in our crumbling road network, health and social care services and to provide more modern community and sporting facilities.

“If elected, I intend to stand up for the hardworking people here on the issues that really matter to them, and will fight to get their voices heard in Westminster.

“The residents of Bury North deserve better than what Labour has to offer. It’s now time for a change and I believe I am the right person to represent them as their Conservative MP, standing up and fighting for them in the heart of Westminster.”

In response to the news of Cllr Daly's selection, Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: "A strong voice is needed to represent Bury North, and I know @BuryTories have found that in local @cllrjamesdaly. He’ll be an excellent Member of Parliament."