Name: Gavin Barwell
Candidate for: Croydon Central
He has been a local councillor for 12 years. He is risking everything in this election, pinning his future career on winning the seat for the Conservatives.
He has stepped down as a councillor for the Coulsdon West ward and quit his full time job with the Conservative party where he worked as Operations Director until 2006, after which was self employed, advising politicians and organisations on campaign management.
This also included work for Conservative billionaire Lord Michael Ashcroft.
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