Two very different Tory-held seats have an important choice to make.
Our survey of the electoral battlefield kicks off with the East Midlands, where Labour and the Tories go head-to-head with minimal interference from smaller parties.
Wandsworth councillor wins the nomination on the first round of voting to contest the seat presently held by Justine Greening.
If their Associations are willing – even perhaps if they are not – any of those named can now stand in the forthcoming election as Tory candidates
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 Prime Minister falls 14 votes short – and says that the Bill will be paused while he speaks to EU leaders.
It’s a surprisingly large Government majority: 24 independents and 19 Labour MPs voted with the Government.
John Bercow’s constituents aren’t alone in looking forward to the seat getting a normal MP once more.
“A further extension would damage the interests of the UK and our EU partners”. Johnson’s second letter to Tusk. Full text.
This letter sets out his view again, in contrast to Parliament’s – which is expressed in the unsigned other letter also sent to Tusk.
Clarke, Philip Hammond, Gauke and four others from among the whipless 21 voted with Letwin.
Our guestimate of the numbers. Letwin’s amendment should pass. But were Johnson’s deal voted on, it would be too close to call.
On a vote on the deal, our calculation is that the Government will lose by two – though that bypasses abstentions. But such a vote is very unlikely today,
Of course, the amendment must be selected by the Speaker in order to be debated at all. But there’s little doubt that he will do so.