Ex-Bahrain executive to contest UK election
Manama, June 12, 2013
A former resident of Bahrain and a senior businessman has been selected as a prospective parliamentary candidate for the 2015 British general election by the Conservative party.
Douglas Hansen-Luke runs his own investment firm which works with public and private institutions across the world specialising in development, sustainability and philanthropy.
Following his selection, he will contest from the Walsall North seat for the UK House of Commons.
Hansen-Luke was in Bahrain from 2007 to 2012 as the chief executive of Robeco Investments.
During his stay in Bahrain, he founded the Gulf Tories, an organisation for UK expatriates working in the region.
Hansen-Luke is an experienced political campaigner, having worked on London Mayor Boris Johnson's successful 2012 election campaign.
Walsall North is one the 40 ‘target seats” for the Conservatives in the election, considered most winnable.
Hansen-Luke says his political priorities are to ensure a first class education for all, support to local businesses and creation of employment opportunities by acting as a business ambassador to attract more investment to the local area.
Hansen-Luke, who is on a business trip to Bahrain, told TradeArabia that he will work towards keeping UK focussed on the whole world and not just Europe, while making all efforts to promote business and investments between the UK and the Gulf.
“The Gulf and the Far East are huge economies, growing faster than the rest of the world. It is important that British businesses invest time and resources in these markets,” he said. –TradeArabia News Service