MACCLESFIELD’S new Tory candidate David Rutley admits he will "do things differently" to current MP Nicholas Winterton if elected.
Mr Rutley, 48, won the ballot to stand as Tory candidate for the town ten days ago and told the Express he is now itching to meet as many Maxonians as possible.
The father-of-four, who is a practising Mormon, will officially become the Conservative parliamentary candidate when Sir Nick steps down after 38 years at the next General Election.
He said he wanted to reach out to voters more through the internet and to hold regular one-to-one surgeries in the constituency.
"I will be doing things differently," he said. "There are more opportunities to communicate with people and get our message out through digital methods - and for surveys of people to understand the pulse in Macclesfield.
"But like Sir Nicholas, my focus is going to be putting Macclesfield first and I am going to learn from the approach he has taken."
David, who tried unsuccessfully to win the St Alban’s seat in 1997, said he wants to move from Harrogate to Macclesfield as soon as possible and is already talking to estate agents.
"Most people are expecting an election in early May so there isn’t a lot of time to go," he said. "It was a great honour to be voted in but the work begins now. I want to meet up with councillors and community groups as much as possible. I want to hold surgeries across Macclesfield, not just in the town."
Of his Mormon background, he added: "It is important people have values in public life and my priority is going to be representing people of Macclesfield regardless of their religious views."
David joined Barclays earlier this year as a marketing director, after spells at Asda and Halifax.