Brexit hero Lord Frost launches bid to become Tory MP at next election

Lord Frost has launched his bid to become an MP at the next general election.

The former Brexit minister confirmed that his name has been placed on a Conservative candidate list.

But the Tory peer said he is not linked to a specific seat despite reports he could opt for Mid Derbyshire.

Lord Frost said: “I am grateful to the party authorities for accepting my application as a potential Conservative candidate for the House of Commons, the centre of our national political life.

“I have not yet applied for any seat and am considering my next steps. Meanwhile I look forward to campaigning for the party and for Conservative principles in the months to come.”

Lord Frost, who is on the right of the party, has previously floated the idea that he could run to become an MP despite his peerage.

If he gains a seat in the Commons, he would have to give up his position in the Lords.

Lord Frost rose to prominence as the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator in 2019.

He led talks with Brussels that led to Boris Johnson’s revised Brexit withdrawal agreement.

He was appointed to the Lords in 2020 and served as Brexit minister in Mr Johnson’s Cabinet.

Lord Frost quit in late 2021 in protest at the “current direction of travel”, citing concerns over Covid lockdowns.

He also called for Britain to move “as fast as possible” to a “lightly regulated, low tax, entrepreneurial economy, at the cutting edge of modern science and economic change”.

According to The Telegraph, the Conservative peer could replace outgoing MP Pauline Latham as the Tory candidate in Mid Derbyshire.

Ms Latham is standing down at next year’s election and has a majority of more than 15,000.

Lord Frost is among the speakers due to address the National Conservatism Conference later this week.

The event will see several high-profile ministers and Tory MPs gather in the aftermath of bruising local elections which saw the party lose around 1,000 councillors.

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