A quick update on candidate selection. As can be seen from our running list of key seats, selections proceed apace.

Cities of London and Westminster (Conservative majority: 3,148)

Cllr Nickie Aiken is the new candidate for the Two Cities, having won a selection meeting last night. Much of her career has been spent in the media – she presented for BBC Wales – and media relations, where she has worked as a press secretary for William Hague and run communications for the Children’s Society, and she is a specialist in crisis communications. She is a Westminster Councillor, and has been leader of the borough since 2017. She has written several times for this site.

Commiserations to Cllr Tim Barnes and Cllr Antonia Cox, the two defeated finalists.