A HILLINGDON councillor has lost his battle to be selected as the next prospective MP for Brighton Pavilion.
Voters were allowed to select their Tory candidate in the close-run constituency in a bid to boost interest in politics ahead of next year's general election.
Councillor Scott Seaman-Digby, who represents Northwood and is a cabinet member on Hillingdon Council, was believed to be one of the favourites for the seat.
He had been campaigning for the previous three weeks to be selected as the MP for Brighton, but last week he was eliminated in the second round of voting.
Councillor Seaman-Digby was believed to be one of the front-runners of the six eligible candidates.
Charlotte Vere, from south-west London, was selected as the candidate for the Conservatives.
Councillor Seaman-Digby said: "There was a three-week period between the shortlisting from a field of about 95 applicants down to six, and I spent some holiday time down in Brighton, as well as weekends, leafleting and canvassing in that period.
"My application has in no way impacted on my residents or my role with Hillingdon and I have attended a number of meetings in the past three weeks, including the recent Northwood Residents' Association forum.
"Residents in Northwood will know that I work hard in my role as their councillor and as a member of the cabinet. It is no secret that I would like to try and enter national politics and maybe some day I will.
"However, as the councillor for Northwood ward, nothing ever distracts me from my work for the residents I represent."