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.