Richard Mollet will have to overturn a 5,711 majority to win the seat from Conservative Jeremy Hunt. The safe Tory seat has previously been held by former health secretary Virginia Bottomley.
Mollet is still waiting for his selection to be ratified by the regional party. He confirmed his selection by the local party but declined to comment further.
He joined the record trade body in 2006, having quit Edelman's public affairs practice 'by mutual agreement' after just six months as a director (PRWeek, 17 February 2006).