Members of the Sleaford and North Hykeham Conservative Association have been informed today that the Special General Meeting to select their by-election candidate will take place on Thursday night.

The meeting – for members only – will take place at 7.30 pm, at the The Bentley Hotel in South Hykeham. With the by-election pencilled in for 8th December, the selected candidate will instantly begin a four week campaign.

Strangely, Association members don’t appear to have yet been told who the shortlisted candidates are in the race to succeed Stephen Phillips, which rather limits their opportunity to research and scrutinise the hopefuls before the event. ConservativeHome will try to find out, and report the names when we do.