Introducing David Gold, Eltham's next MP

Last night's open primary at the Bob Hope Theatre in Eltham saw David Gold (pictured right) win the nomination as Eltham's Parliamentary Candidate.  In a meeting which was introduced by Shireen Ritchie (centre), chairman of the Candidates Committee, each of the finalists gave a short presentation on local issues, followed by an interview with Michael Portillo (left) and questions from the floor.

The final field was very strong indeed and David beat off tough competition from Jackie Doyle-Price (the Parliamentary Candidate in Sheffield Hillsbrough last year) and Eric Ollerenshaw (the former Londonwide Assembly Member) to secure the nomination.


About David Gold

David was born in 1972 and currently works as Development Director at Brighton College. Before that he worked in business development for a national consultancy in central London and as a researcher to two Conservative MPs. He was Diary Secretary to Rt Hon William Hague from 1997 to 1999.
David has been involved in a variety of charities including Abbeyfield Care Homes and Sue Ryder Care. In May 2006 he walked the Moonwalk, a speed-walking marathon through central London overnight, in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, in memory of his mother who died of the disease aged 55.
In his spare time David enjoys theatre, cinema, travel, suppers with friends and gardening. He contributed to A Blue Tomorrow: New Visions from Modern Conservatives (Politico's Publishing 2001) and has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
David has been actively involved in the Conservative Party since joining at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has held a variety of positions in local Conservative associations and has stood in local government elections in Ealing and Lewisham.
In 2001, David contested the general election as parliamentary candidate in Brighton Pavilion which saw a 1.6% swing to the Conservatives from Labour. In 2005, he played a key campaigning role in helping Stewart Jackson take Peterborough for the Conservatives.