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IFA chosen as Tory MEP candidate for 2014 elections

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Conservative MEP candidate Deborah Dunleavy

Ex-IFA Deborah Dunleavy is running as a Conservative MEP candidate for the North-west in European parliamentary elections next May.

Dunleavy, who was chosen by Conservative party members in the area, was a director at Manchester-based firm Stirling Financial, which specialises in pensions and investment advice, before leaving in 2010 to concentrate on politics.

Previously she worked as a broker consultant at Prudential, dealing with Ssas and Sipp business and investments.

Dunleavy is fourth on the list of Tory candidates for the North West with eight seats up for grabs. She ran for election as Conservative MP for Bolton North East at the 2010 election but lost out to Labour MP David Crausby, who has held the seat since 1997.

She says: “I have lived and worked through several eras of change in financial services. I would relish the opportunity to be involved in what will be an incredibly important time for the financial services industry in Europe in coming years.”

In February, former mortgage broker Mike Thornton was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Eastleigh following a by-election after the resignation of cabinet minister Chris Huhne.

In 2010 Philip J Milton & Co managing director Philip Milton stood as Tory candidate for North Devon but lost out to Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey.

Chapters Financial director Keith Churchouse says: “IFAs are able to communicate difficult subjects to the public in an eloquent and succinct fashion, which makes them well suited to the political arena and becoming an MEP. She will be an excellent candidate based on her experiences.”

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