PROFESSIONAL conductor and pianist David Meacock will be the Tories' candidate in Huddersfield at the next General Election.
He played a major part in a campaign in 2003 which forced the Government to drop plans for churches to buy licences for concerts and other public performances.
Mr Meacock single- handedly put together a petition signed by more than 8,000 singers and instrumentalists from across Britain.
He said today he was looking forward to trying to unseat Labour MP Barry Sheerman.
He added: "This is as good a time as ever for the people of Huddersfield to reassess these party brands and weigh up what each is offering you personally.
"Vote for today and tomorrow, rather than yesterday
"After all, none of us buys a car on the basis of what our parents and grandparents bought, so why should we blindly vote on that basis?"
Mr Meacock was born in Essex in 1966. When he was three the family moved to Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, where he is a councillor.
He started learning the piano at the age of six.
He has been a finalist in national competitions as solo pianist, accompanist and conductor.
He has played abroad and in famous London venues.