A NEW Tory candidate has been chosen to fight the troubled Calder Valley constituency in the next General Election.
Elizabeth Truss was chosen by the area's Conservative Association members when they met on Saturday to decide a replacement for Sue Catling, who was de-selected last month.
Mrs Truss, whose family is from Leeds but who lives in Greenwich, London, has previously fought the Hemsworth seat for the Conservatives.
She said: "It is vital for the new candidate to raise their profile immediately."
She added: "I am a hardworking Conservative, with years of experience canvassing in local, parliamentary, European and recent General Elections."
Rastrick Conservative councillor Paul Rogan said: "She was chosen because she was the best candidate presented to members.
"She will bring vibrancy and a new perspective to the post.
"I am very confident she will win a seat for this party in the next General Election," added Clr Rogan.
"I am very much looking forward to seeing Elizabeth sitting on a green seat for us."
Her selection comes after former candidate Sue Catling, 43, was voted out following a heated meeting at Lightcliffe Club, Wakefield Road.
After her de-selection she said she had been "the victim of the most vicious and sustained witch-hunt".
Clr Rogan said: "By Saturday morning all the events of the past were behind us - where they should be."