Two-time Olympic gold medallist rower James Cracknell among Tory candidates to fight for Brentford and Isleworth seat

 
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Cracknell, pictured second from the right, is one of three candidates for the seat (Source: Getty)

Two-time Olympic gold medal winning rower James Cracknell is among the front-runners to become the Tory candidate for the seat of Brentford and Isleworth.

Cracknell, who triumphed in the 2000 and 2004 games, is one of three candidates including the previous Conservative MP in the constituency.

Labour's Ruth Cadbury took the seat in the 2015 election by a majority of just 465, and the local Tories are set to select their candidate in a meeting tomorrow.

In addition to his widely-known sporting CV, Cracknell is also vice president of brain injury charity Headway, and leads the work of think tank Policy Exchange on obesity and physical activity.

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His rivals include the former MP Mary Macleod, defeated by Cadbury last time out. Macleod is a headhunter, who has also held roles at Accenture, ABN AMRO and RBS.

While in parliament she was former Prime Minister David Cameron's small business ambassador for London and sat on the Downing Street policy board.

The final candidate is former Army officer Chris Salmon, who served in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Kosovo. Salmon currently works for Hammersmith-based consultancy Crest Advisory, which specialises in criminal justice.

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