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.
The Prime Minister’s deputy chief of staff triumphed over Cllr Antonia Cox, Cllr Chris Hayward and Rishi Sunak. Congratulations and commiserations all round.
The competitive field includes two Free School founders, the Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
They include a former local association chairman, two advisers to Theresa May and a judge.
Any Tory MP calculating whether or not to defect may now hang on to sniff the wind from Rochester – a harder by-election for UKIP to win than Clacton.
Five Conservative MPs reportedly voted against.