PEOPLE at the time might not of known the importance of the decision but, in June 1973, Ivan Lawrence was officially adopted as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Burton.
The Burton Observer and Chronicle revealed how the conference room at Burton Town Hall was ‘filled’ with members who warmly endorsed the move.
Sir Clifford Gothard, chairman of the Burton Division Conservative and Unionist Association, said: “We started with 80 applications, which we shortlisted down to three perspective candidates and Mr Lawrence had more votes at the first ballot than the other two put together.”
Mr Lawrence told the gathered masses he would hold regular surgeries and would work with specialists to gather advice on all areas to boost Burton for the better.
After his ascension to parliamentary candidate, he was elected in 1974, a position he held until 1997 when he lost out to Labour’s Janet Dean.