Olympic gold medal rower James Cracknell, who failed in his bid to be an MEP for the South West earlier this year, has confirmed he wants to be a Conservative MP.
Mr Cracknell had hinted he would run for Parliament after narrowly missing out on being one of the region’s representatives in Brussels, but said he would mull over his next step.
He told the Western Morning News in May: “I genuinely believe I have a lot to offer. And I want to do something as a public service. I’ll have to decide where I’m best suited and where I can make a difference.”
Now Mr Cracknell has admitted he has submitted his application to the Tory party to fight a seat in May’s general election.
He told The Daily Telegraph: “My forms have gone into Conservative Central Office and if I can find a way of serving as an MP I will.”
The double Olympic gold medallist was reported to be among dozens of people understood to have applied to be the Conservative contender for the suburban seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
This would have seen him go head to head with Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.
However, Mr Cracknell denied this and is understood to be looking at other safe seats, such as the Banbury seat which is being vacated by Sir Tony Baldry after 32 years.
He said: “I am looking at other constituencies.”
The party, though, has chosen all its candidates in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and no sitting MP has indicated they are standing down.
The sportsman and adventurer was the Conservatives’ third candidate in the region but the party only won two seats in the South West.