Broxtowe is nominally a Tory-held constituency, having returned a Conservative MP since 2010. However, Anna Soubry of course defected earlier this year to the ever-rebranding TIG, which she now leads.

The local association is therefore in search of a new candidate, hoping to win the seat back st the next election. Local Conservative members meet tonight to make their choice.

I’m told there are four candidates in the final, of whom I have been able to identify two. (Should the third want to be added to this article, they’re very welcome to contact me.) They are:

Saqib Bhatti. A chartered accountant by profession, Bhatti is a director of Younis Bhatti Ltd and serves as President of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. During the EU referendum he was Co-Secretary General of Muslims for Britain, a campaign group working with Vote Leave. He is a director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, and of the Broad Street Business Improvement District.

Cllr Richard I. Jackson. Leader of the Conservative Opposition on Broxtowe Borough Council (where he has been a councillor for 16 years) and a Nottinghamshire County Councillor for the last 17 years. Cllr Jackson led the Borough Council from 2015-2019, and holds a degree in Civil Engineering.