Follower of James Watt aims to take on Carwyn Jones in Bridgend in Assembly …

A Syrian-born engineer whose hero is James Watt is hoping to oust First Minister Carwyn Jones from the National Assembly next May.

George Jabbour, 33, is one of three shortlisted Conservatives who hope to be selected as their party’s Assembly candidate in Bridgend, where Mr Jones is defending what looks like a comfortable majority of 6,775.

But the Tories have been buoyed by their performance in Bridgend at May’s general election, when Labour MP Madeleine Moon’s majority was cut to under 2,000.

On September 14 an open primary selection contest for the new Tory candidate will take place, in which all registered voters in the Bridgend constituency will be able to take part. Mr Jabbour will be up against former European Parliament candidate Dan Boucher and community councillor Carolyn Webster.

A British citizen since 2011, Mr Jabbour first came to the UK to study finance at Imperial College, London in 2004.

At this year’s general election, Mr Jabbour stood in the Inverclyde seat in the west of Scotland. He came third behind the SNP and Labour. In his speech after the result was declared, he produced a light bulb from his pocket as he paid tribute to James Watt, the locally-born inventor who developed the steam engine that underpinned the industrial revolution, and gave his name to the unit of power, the watt.

Mr Jabbour, who is currently living at Nottage, near Porthcawl, said: “When I lived in Syria, I dreamed about living in the UK, which has free speech, respect for the individual, democracy and the rule of law – none of which applied even before the current civil war.

“I was able to become a British citizen because I was accepted as a highly skilled migrant and am fully committed to British values and the British way of life.”

The open primary will take place at the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl on Monday September 14, starting at 7pm.

Anyone wishing to take part can apply to register and should ring 0330 0101403 and give their name and address. They must be on the electoral register for Bridgend. If possible, they should give an email address so that they can be sent an email which they can print out to take to the primary.

People can also apply by emailing info@welshconservatives.com.

The closing date for registration is Sunday, September 13.

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