A former Cheshire West councillor has been announced as the Conservative candidate for Mid Cheshire at the next general election.

Charles Fifield represented Weaver & Cuddington between 2011-2023 and has lived and worked in the Northwich area all his life. A chartered surveyor, he has worked at Northwich-based Fifield Glyn for 30 years and also has a part-time role for a housing charity.

Married with three children, he has FSH muscular dystrophy and occasionally needs to use a wheelchair.

Mr Fifield said: "I am honoured to be selected as the Conservative candidate for Mid Cheshire. I look forward to campaigning hard and meeting people across Middlewich, Northwich and Winsford.

"I have lived and worked around Northwich, my whole life and if elected I promise to work hard for the people of our three great salt towns."

A stalwart of the local party, his involvement in politics began in 2002 when he joined the Conservative Party and became an active member of his constituency association in Weaver Vale, where he has been vice president since 2018.

He previously served as deputy chairman of Weaver Vale in 2005, campaign director in 2009 and chairman 2010 to 2013, during which time his party took the seat in the 2010 General Election from Labour with a 8.16 per cent swing to elect Graham Evans.

He will now contest the new battleground seat of Mid Cheshire, which comes into existence following a redrawing of Parliamentary election boundaries. It includes Northwich, Winsford and Middlewich, Davenham, Greenbank, Hartford, Kingsmead, Moulton and Rudheath.

The current seat of Weaver Vale will cease to exist, with current MP Mike Amesbury having already been announced as Labour's candidate for the newly-created seat of Runcorn and Helsby.

Winsford has been taken out of the Eddisbury constituency - which will be renamed Chester South and Eddisbury, while Middlewich will be transferred from the Congleton ward.

Both have previously been in wards which were Conservative strongholds, meaning Mid Cheshire will be a potential swing seat at the next election, which many observers predict will be called for spring next year.

Current Cheshire West and Chester Leftwich councillor Andrew Cooper was recently chosen by Labour to contest the new seat on its behalf.