On the usual form of general elections, it shouldn’t be there at all – and is more shaped by the Party’s leadership than any of its predecessors.
Activists were asked to trust in a targeting analysis that proved to be based on flawed data and assumptions that were overturned by the manifesto.
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The selections in the two Tory-held seats to date have both been won by women; and there is at least one woman on the shortlist of every such seat yet to select.
The former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards fought in Iraq, and is now the Prime Minister’s outreach director.
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The Association told CCHQ they wanted him, but the central party declined to put him on the shortlist. Ping-pong could ensue.