Local ladies are ones to watch in Tory Girl Power

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Female Conservative candidates in Eastbourne and Polegate have been named in the top ten of women to watch in May’s General Election.

Caroline Ansell, the prospective parliamentary candidate for Eastbourne and Willingdon, and her counterpart in Polegate and Lewes Maria Caulfield are listed among the 10 to watch in the election.

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to have a record number of women candidates this year.

Of the 200 hopefuls picked so far, 36 per cent are female as the Prime Minister bids to solve what his being called his “women problem”.

The PM was criticised after a July reshuffle left just five female ministers out of 17 in the Cabinet.

Caroline, a mother of three and teacher, and Maria, who works as a nurse, are being labelled two of Cam’s Cuties and political observers they are the ones to watch when the country goes to the polls.

The number of women standing is up from the Tories’ 24 per cent in 2010 when 49 “Cameron Cuties” won seats.

Current Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd will be defending his majority of 3,435 in May.

Norman Baker in Lewes will defend his 2010 7,647 majority.

In Eastbourne the Labour Party has chosen schoolteacher Jake Lambert as its candidate to fight the election and Nigel Jones is the UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate.

Campaigning has already begun locally with candidates focusing on the troubled stretch of the A27 between Polegate to Lewes and saving vital services at Eastbourne DGH.