Army officers, political advisers, businesspeople, a London Assembly Member and – unusually – a sitting MP are among the latest crop of finalists.
Plus: my profound sense of unease at the withdrawal of the whip from 21 Conservative MPs.
The Bracknell MP had jumped ship to the Lib Dems in mind if not in deed earlier in the year.
Plus: Damian Collins and his useless Select Committee shot themselves in the foot this week. Let grandstanding committee chairmen be warned.
The Conservatives ought to learn from him. Plus: Vote, vote, vote for Widdecombe. Fire and Fury is damp and limp. My teeth, oh, my teeth. And: My quest to enter Phillip Lee’s brain.