Graham said, ‘I am delighted to have been selected by Hove and Portslade Conservatives. To be chosen to stand for Parliament for my home town is a great honour. I aim to build on all the hard work done by Mike Weatherley, and ensure Hove continues to be represented by a Conservative in the next Parliament.
I would like to thank all those who have sent their best wishes, including many political opponents, and look forward to a positive campaign which can do Hove proud.’
Graham Cox, 52, was born in Portslade (Mile Oak to be precise) and has lived and worked in Hove for most of his life. He serves Westbourne Ward as a local Councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council, having won the seat in a closely fought by-election in 2011.
Prior to entering local politics Graham was well known as the last Superintendent in charge of Hove Police Division, before its merger with Brighton. Following this, he established the Sussex Police Major Crime Unit, overseeing all investigations into murders and organised crime in the County. As a Detective Chief Superintendent, he led Sussex CID for three years before transferring to the Home Office to lead the introduction of the national police intelligence system across the country.
Graham is the Conservative (Opposition) Spokesman for Transport on the City Council and has gained a reputation as a respected Councillor who speaks out persuasively on behalf of residents.
Away from the Council chamber he digs his allotment in order to relax and occasionally successfully grows some vegetables. He is a keen supporter of Brighton and Hove and Sussex County Cricket Clubs and a season ticket holder at the Amex.
Linda Freedman, Chairman of the Brighton and Hove Conservatives said, ‘ we are thrilled to have Graham Cox representing us as our Parliamentary Candidate 2015. Graham has many qualities and is respected by all parties and all backgrounds as can be evidenced by his vast twitter followers. He is a very hardworking Councillor and those skills will serve him well in the wider constituency.’
Conservative Group Leader on Brighton & Hove City Council, Geoffrey Theobald, added: “I add my congratulations to Graham on being selected. I am confident that he will be elected to succeed Mike in 2015 and I know he will make an excellent MP. He will bring his considerable local knowledge and expertise to the House of Commons and, just like Mike, will be a strong and passionate advocate for Hove & Portslade. My only regret is that I shall be losing Graham as a key member of my Council team next May.”