DR SARAH WOLLASTON
DR SARAH WOLLASTON, 47, a Chagford GP and a mother of three living in Lustleigh, is a relative newcomer to the political arena.
She admits she has little political experience but says as a doctor she has 'a cool head in a crisis and objectivity in the face of difficult problems'.
She said: "Can someone with no background in politics become a politician?
"After 16 years working as a GP in rural Devon, I thought it was time for an ordinary person to stand up for some of the things we all care about; things like strong communities, local healthcare and our way of life.
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"There is also a problem which kills 8,000 people every year in Britain. Both as a doctor and a victim examiner, I have seen the devastating effects of alcohol-related crime and binge-drinking and would like to have a chance to tackle them.
"I feel a good constituency MP who actually cares about people and puts their needs above party politics can make a difference.
"My qualifications for this amazing job? Only real life experience, approachability and enthusiasm."
On the South Devon Conservatives website, she says she possesses the enthusiasm, skills and necessary life experience to undertake the role of MP for Totnes.
"I have 23 years' experience in medicine and, as a GP, I have specific skills in meeting people, quickly focusing on concerns and needs and bringing a solution-focused approach to complex problems."
She says as a mother of three children, one at university and two at state schools in Torbay, she has experience of education both as a parent and as a teacher.
She is married to a psychiatrist whose responsibilities include the Totnes constituency.
"I intend to work as part of a team, sometimes in a leadership role but also listening and responding to the local party and constituents, most of whom will bring greater knowledge and insight into many issues," she said.
"I see my role as providing a platform and mouthpiece for all.
"In the current atmosphere of cynicism and mistrust of politicians, I hope the electorate of Totnes will vote for someone they feel has real life experience, can appreciate their needs and whom they can trust. Doctors are still the most trusted profession.
"I am aware this is not an easy job but would love to have the opportunity to represent you as your prospective parliamentary candidate."
Dr Wollaston says her first priority as a constituency MP would be to stand up for the interests of local people.
"I would fight to maintain community hospitals and resist the slide towards impersonal, large scale medical provision.
"I feel the health service is under-represented in Parliament and hope to be in a position to influence future Conservative health policy."
She said Totnes has long been recognised for its commitment to environmental issues and she would be proud to represent these at a national level.
"I am especially keen to promote off-road solutions and public transport links around the constituency."
She took a BSc in pathology in 1983, a medical degree at Guy's Hospital in 1986, became a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1992, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2007.
She was forensic medical examiner for the police from 1996 to 2001; has taught medical students from Bristol and Peninsula Medical Schools for the last 10 years; is a GP trainer for Peninsula medical school from 2001, and teaching junior doctors at Exeter postgraduate centre for two years, and is an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Dr Wollaston said: "I have very little political experience but am involved with my local constituency and understand the hard work required to win at the next election."