Apparently aware of the potential controversy, the Party Board has appointed Lord Hunt to supervise the ballot in East Staffordshire next week.
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James to leave Parliament after finding her association don’t want her to continue as their candidate
Her letter to the Prime Minister emphasise that ‘we agreed on just about everything apart from Brexit…I trust in your One Nation outlook’.
Two very different Tory-held seats have an important choice to make.
Wandsworth councillor wins the nomination on the first round of voting to contest the seat presently held by Justine Greening.
Exclusive: Walker resigns from the Party Board, amid rising tensions over centralised candidate selection
The Vice-Chairman of the ’22 served on the Board for nine years, and recently oversaw the leadership contest, so his departure is a surprise.
The number of finalists appears to be the result of the local association pushing back against CCHQ’s attempts to influence the selection.
The South Ribble MP’s departure is a surprise – as is the fact that a shortlist to replace her has been agreed in secret before her news was announced.
We reveal the four candidates on tonight’s shortlist – and the unusual way in which the selection has been partially centralised.
The Business Secretary argues that Parliament’s actions are “discouraging businesses from taking the steps they need to take”, and holding up private sector investment.
John Bercow’s constituents aren’t alone in looking forward to the seat getting a normal MP once more.
They are misjudging the mood by applying threadbare tactics that worked against Theresa May to Boris Johnson.
You don’t really get closer to unanimous than this in our surveys of Conservative Party members.
Fleet Street’s reaction will please Downing Street.
Last night’s selection meeting to select a successor to Ken Clarke was hotly contested – I’m told that it went to three full rounds of voting.
The association will choose its successor to Ken Clarke from a field of four with nine past runs at Parliament between them.