Oliver Carroll has been selected as Graham Brady’s successor at Altrincham and Sale West. Previously seen as a safe Conservative seat, the Electoral Calculation currently gives Labor an 86 per cent chance of winning, with a local Conservative source suggesting the constituency should be considered “hyper-marginal”.
Carroll currently works at Clifford Chance, the law firm, but grew up in the constituency and has family there. Like Brady, he attended Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and was under thirty at the time of his selection. He has been a member of the association since he was 14 years old and has never run for another constituency or as a councillor.
He was among the two finalists with Laura Evans, former local councilor in Trafford and Conservative candidate for Wirral West in 2019 and Mayor of Greater Manchester in 2021, and Atifa Shah, candidate in Rochdale in 2019 and former Youth Parliament MP. Going into the selection, Evans was widely regarded as the favourite, according to local Tories.
However, Carroll prevailed on the night by a margin of 58 votes to 44 in a turnout of 112 – a first-round victory. A local source explained that while there was a “big anti-Laura group” in the association, many little-seen faces turned up that night and likely turned the vote around. They also disputed claims that all existing councilors vote for Evans, as has been suggested elsewhere.
carroll said conservative house:: “I am delighted and excited to have been selected to fight for my hometown. Together with our fantastic association and local councillors, we will advocate that only Conservatives will protect our precious primary and secondary schools, reopen our local hospital and save our green spaces.” We wish you the best of luck.