The Conservative Party has announced that it has begun to accept applications for the Louth & Horncastle parliamentary seat which will be vacated by Sir Peter Tapsell at next year’s election.
Sir Peter’s seat is one of three Tory seats which is currently accepting applications for candidates.
The father of the house announced earlier this year that he will be vacating his seat after serving as MP for almost 50 years.
He became MP for the Horncastle constituency in 1966 and started his political career as personal assistant to Sir Anthony Eden during the 1955 general election.
Sir Peter held a majority of 27.5 per cent (13,871 votes) in the 2010 general election.
He had previously joked that he was ‘keeping his seat warm’ for Mayor of London Boris Johnson which led to wide speculation that the former MP may be in line for a move to Lincolnshire.
But, speaking to Lincs FM during a recent visit to Newark with Prime Minister David Cameron he said “No, no. I am the Mayor of London and I’m supporting Robert Jenrick and the Primer Minister.”
Conservative blogger Mark Wallace believes the Louth and Horncastle seat will be hotly contested.