Congratulations to Esther McVey – the former Wirral West MP and Minister for Employment has tonight been selected as Conservative candidate for Tatton.

She defeated Katherine Fletcher and Cllr Alex Williams in tonight’s selection meeting, winning outright on the first round of voting.

The seat, vacated by George Osborne, had a Conservative majority of 18,241 in 2015, but might face abolition in the planned boundary reforms.