Henry Smith MP quoted TPA figures showing the unions enjoy taxpayer-funded offices equivalent to the size of the Kremlin.
Some wanted to give the people a say – but one MP even argued that doing so would be “an intrinsic corruption of our democracy”.
The current Conservative MP, David Ruffley, enjoys a majority of 12,380 votes.
The two results, which came almost simultaneously, see an entrepreneur and a journalist victorious.
He was first elected by the voters of Aldridge Brownhills in 1979.
The regular ConHome contributor is one of four new crossbench peers.
A headmaster, a law lecturer, a former CF chairman and the Daily Telegraph’s Head of Technology make the cut.
Chris Hayward, Alan Mak, Michael McManus and Charlotte Vere.
Mr Sunak secures a seat after missing out in Hertsmere.
From business people to barristers, a Number 10 adviser to former journalists, a strong field is lined up to compete for Willetts’ seat.
Plus the full text of the Prime Minister’s letter to voters, promising “no stunts or backroom deals, just a strong local candidate you can trust”.
A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, the ex-Chairman of the local Association, the Tory leader in Kirklees and a Free School governor make the cut.
Consolation for her in plenty for the South-East Cambridgeshire mix-up.
We’re glad to report that CCHQ has followed ConservativeHome’s advice and opted for a bold and radical selection.