On Friday night, the second selection meeting took place from the first tranche of target seats. The members of the Oxford West and Abingdon Conservative Association gathered to select a candidate to take on Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat who unseated Nicola Blackwood by a narrow 816 votes at last year’s General Election.

Congratulations are in order to Councillor James Fredrickson, who won a close-fought ballot to become the new candidate. Fredrickson is a councillor in West Berkshire, where he is Cabinet member for Economic Development. In his day job, he is a specialist in tech and digital communications policy, having worked at Vodafone before taking up his current role as Regulatory and Public Policy Lead at the rural broadband firm Gigaclear – which is based in Abingdon. He is also a former researcher at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Eagle-eyed readers will note that Fredrickson – like Siobhan Baillie, who was selected in Stroud last Tuesday – has previously written for this site. We can’t claim that writing articles on ConservativeHome guarantees victory in a candidate selection meeting, but that does make two ConHome contributors selected out of two target seats so far, just saying…