In a rather unusual process, Horsham Conservatives have only just decided the shortlist for their selection, which takes place tonight. Having started at 1pm with a longlist of six, a series of interviews has whittled that down to three finalists.
- Jeremy Quin. A company adviser from Buckinghamshire, Quin was seconded to HM Treasury during the financial crisis. He is involved a range of voluntary work including with City UK, driving cultural change in financial services, as an Ambassador for Debate Mate, promoting competitive debating in schools, with the Countryside Alliance Foundation, marketing a “living, working countryside”, and with Aylesbury Homeless Shelter. He was a finalist in South Suffolk, Bexhill and Battle and Fareham.
- Sibby Buckle. A community pharmacist by profession, Buckle has experience of running her own business and serving at senior level in larger firms. She is a member of the English Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. She volunteers with two charities – Emmanuel Press in South Africa, where she grew up, and Arches in Nottingham, near where she now lives. has been a European candidate three times (1999, 2004 and 2013) and fought Liverpool Walton in the 2005 General Election. In November she competed in the Dudley South final.
- Dr Rachel Joyce. Having spent her career in the NHS, both as a frontline doctor and at director level, Dr Joyce is now also a partner in her own business. Notably, she has long been campaigning for a war crimes investigation in Sri Lanka – a call echoed recently by the Prime Minister. She stood in Harrow West in 2010, where she increased the Tory vote share by 6.4 percentage points. She has been a finalist in Dorset North and Banbury.
10.30pm Update Jeremy Quin selected (with a majority of the vote, ConservativeHome is told).