Keith Simpson

How the media spotlight turned on the Broadland seat

Nic Rigby

BBC News

The Broadland seat in Norfolk is usually quite a sedate constituency, hardly ever troubling the news agenda.

Since its creation in 2010, it has been represented by Conservative Keith Simpson, who had a safe majority of 15,816 in 2017.

Nick Conrad
BBC

But it found itself thrust in to the limelight when it chose its replacement to Mr Simpson in November.

The local Conservative Party chose BBC Radio Norfolk presenter Mr Conrad (pictured above), 34.

It faced immediate criticism over Mr Conrad's comments from 2014, when he said women should "keep their knickers on" in an on-air discussion on rape.

Labour said the comments showed he was not fit to be an MP, while Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the remarks were "completely unacceptable".

Mr Conrad then stood down and was replaced by Jerome Mayhew (pictured below), who runs an adventure company and is the son of former Northern Ireland secretary Lord Mayhew.

Jerome Mayhew
Jerome Mayhew