The Conservative Manifesto of 2017 contained no photos within. Its 2019 successor is packed with them – but they don’t, as these sometimes do, seek to fill space and project the Party leader. There is a theme.
They highlight the background of some Conservative candidates, and so project an image of the Tories as the People’s Party: what we call its “Cummingsisation”. Here are some of the details of constituencies and candidates.
- Jonathan Gullis, Stoke-on-Trent North, teacher.
- Shade Adoh, Walthamstow, nurse.
- Natalie Neale, Leicester South, nurse.
- Mark Lehain, Newcastle North, founder and former principal of Bedford Free School.
- Martin Dowey, Ayr Carrick & Cumnock, former police officer.
- Adam Wordsworth, Weaver Vale, former police officer.
- Sajid Javid, Bromsgrove, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
- Priti Patel, Witham, Home Secretary.
- Mark Nykolyszyn, Nottingham South, ocean conservationist.
- James Davies, Vale of Clwyd, GP.
- Donald Ekekhomen, Croydon North, pharmacist.
- Gary Hinds, Lagan Valley, administrative assistant.
- Kemi Badenoch, Saffron Walden, Children’s Minister.
- Annabel Tall, Bath, chartered engineer.
- Grant Abraham, Strangford, sheep farm owner.
- Shona Haslam, Lanark & Hamilton West, charity worker.
- Sara Jones, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, farm owner.
- Luke Evans, Bosworth, GP.
- Darren Henry, Broxtowe, former RAF squadron leader. Pictured.
- Neil Hudson, Penrith and the Border, vet.
- Dominic Raab, Esher and Walton, Foreign Secretary.
We make that seven women and five ethnic minority members. The move is a deliberate attempt to prove the Conservative Party is more diverse than its critics claim.