From the 1980s at least and for a long time afterwards, a left-of-the-party ticket and a right-of-the-party ticket would slug it out for posts on the 1922 Committee Executive.  I remember plucking a piece of paper from the Central Lobby message board, as a newcomer in the Commons after 2001, on which was printed a list of names and the legend: “Sound Slate…Sound Slate…Sound Slate.”

Graham Brady having been returned as Chairman unopposed, nominations for the two Vice-Chairmen posts are in, and some of the candidates are indeed of a left-of-the-party and right-of-the-party disposition.  Simon Burns is a strong loyalist; Andrew Turner a frequent rebel.

However, there’s always more to these elections than that, as the range of nominations that have come in confirm.  Of the six candidates for the two Vice-Chairman positions, Cheryl Gillan, my former constituency neighbour in Buckinghamshire, is the only woman.  Charles Walker, a Vice-Chairman during the last Parliament, is standing again.  Geoffrey Clifton-Brown’s name is in the hat, as is Karl McCartney’s.  The former entered the Commons in 1992, the latter in 2010 – almost 20 years later, as part of the intake that made up almost half the Parliamentary Party.  To some degree, these elections will be a generation game.

For Secretary (two places), we have Bob Blackman, Peter Bone and Nigel Evans.  Bone is prepared not to go along with the whips from time to time – some of them might put it more vividly – and Blackman is a less rebellious figure.  Like Lindsay Hoyle, alongside whom he served as a Deputy Speaker, Evans is popular in all parts of the House.  I gather that Stewart Jackson has been returned as Treasurer unopposed.  And there’s a mass of names for the 13 executive posts.

Here’s the list in full.


  • Graham Brady (unopposed).

Vice-Chairman (two posts)

  • Simon Burns
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  • Cheryl Gillan
  • Karl McCartney
  • Andrew Turner
  • Charles Walker

Secretary (two posts)

  • Bob Blackman
  • Peter Bone
  • Nigel Evans

Treasurer (one post)

Executive Committee (13 posts)

  • Steve Baker
  • Bob Blackman
  • Conor Burns
  • Simon Burns
  • David Burrows
  • James Cleverly
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
  • Nigel Evans
  • Simon Hart
  • Bernard Jenkin
  • Pauline Latham
  • Jason McCartney
  • Karl McCartney
  • Antoinette Sandbach
  • Paul Scully
  • Andrew Turner
  • Bill Wiggin.

Voting takes place next Wednesday.








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