Meera Sonecha chosen to stand in Leicester South

Meera Sonecha, 27, will look to overturn Labour's Jon Ashworth's 17,845 majority on June 8.

Ms Sonecha grew up in Leicester, living in the city until she went to the University of Warwick to read philosophy, politics and economics. After that she worked as a parliamentary assistant to retiring Harborough MP Sir Edward Garnier.

Ms Sonecha is an executive officer of Conservative Friends of India, which aims to develop a relationship between the Conservative Party, the British Indian community and India.

She has recently been a member of the Conservative election team that got Andy Street elected as the new West Midlands mayor. Through her work in Sir Edward Garnier's office she has been involved in the campaign to save the Glenfield children's heart unit and to extend Leicestershire superfast broadband provision.

She has represented the United Kingdom at the Commonwealth Youth Parliament and was also the assistant editor of a political magazine called Centre Write.

In her spare time she kick-boxes, runs and reads. She is a keen debater and coming from a family business background, understands the importance of supporting local businesses.

She said: "Theresa May is the only party leader who can provide strong, stable leadership in the national interest. Voting for the Labour Party will only lead us to a coalition of chaos and will not allow us to secure the best possible deal from Brexit."

Ms Sonecha has acknowledged the challenge she faces going up against one of the biggest names in the Labour Party.

She said: "It won't be easy, but there is a sense that a change is needed and people know that every vote for a Labour MP is a vote Corbyn's coalition of chaos."