They are Cllr Chris Hayward, Alan Mak, Michael McManus and Charlotte Vere. Here’s what Mark Wallace wrote about them at the long list stage:
- Cllr Chris Hayward. Extremely active in local government, Hayward is Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, the Leader of the Opposition on Three Rivers District Council and a common councilman on the City of London Corporation. He worked for much of his career in the events industry, and now runs a property investment firm and a company running tours to Italy and Russia. Like Cllr Cox, he was in the final four in Hertsmere last week.
- Alan Mak. A lawyer by training, Mak is an entrepreneur and investor – his roles include serving as a Non-Executive Board Member for Havas UK, a digital services and advertising firm. He is also a judge and mentor for Wayra UnLtd, which advises and trains technology companies. He sits on the Management Committee of the Enterprise Forum, which seeks to link businesses in to Conservative Party policy development.
- Michael McManus. McManus served as the transitional Executive Director of the Press Complaints Commission, which has recently been succeeded by IPSO. In the 1990s he wrote speeches for Margaret Thatcher and John Major among others, before spending five years running Edward Heath’s private office. He later ran Vote 2004, a campaign for a referendum on the EU Constitution. More recently, he was a director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs and wrote Tory Pride and Prejudice: The Conservative Party and Homosexual Law Reform. In 2001 he stood for Watford.
- Charlotte Vere. Currently Executive Director of the Girls’ Schools Association, Vere has worked in the private sector for 25 years. In 2010, she was the Conservative candidate in Brighton Pavilion, where she increased the Tory vote but saw Caroline Lucas turn the constituency Green. She was Finance Director of the victorious No2AV campaign in the 2011 referendum, and has campaigned for Conservative policies to be better targeted at women voters. In September she made the final four for South Cambridgeshire.