Southampton’s Tory party leader has launched his bid to become the next MP for the city’s Itchen seat.
Speaking about why he is bidding to take the seat, Cllr Smith said: “I want to stand for Parliament to represent the many people I have lived with, grown up with, worked with and at times, struggled with.
“I want to represent Southampton because I live here – I don’t live here in order to win a seat in Parliament. There is more than a subtle difference.”
Cllr Smith will be in the running against Labour candidate Rowena Davis, a former Peckham councillor who now lives in Bitterne Park.
He said: “Southampton is where I was born and have lived for most of my life, but for a stint in the Royal Air Force. Southampton is home for me and my family. That is why I want to represent this constituency in Parliament.”