After months without any news, and mounting frustration among many activists, the first tranche of seats is being presented to the Board today for their approval.
That doesn’t just mean talking about it – it means putting it into practice both in Government and in how we run our own Party operations.
Simply pointing to our two female Prime Ministers does not deliver true meritocracy or equal representation.
Cllr David Elkin speaks for many activists in target seats who are desperate to be given the go-ahead to kick off campaigning.
The Pickles Review advised far earlier selections – so why has CCHQ not yet acted?
ConservativeHome’s proposals for Party reform, to avoid a repeat of the miserable snap election result.
After exposing the flaws in the Conservative campaign operation, we propose 12 reforms to help to avoid repeating such failings in future.
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.
Some will not learn their fate until the end of September.
The Party apparatus may be in the capital, but it is not connected with the city’s residents. We must reach out and engage.
Maybe it was ever thus, at least in modern times, but Tory-held suburban seats outside the South-East are under-represented at the top table.
A few days ago, the candidates department accidentally led hundreds of would-be MPs to believe, wrongly, that they had been dropped from the list.
Activists were directed to seats which there was no chance of us winning. It is quite clear that CCHQ did not have a clue about what was happening.
Despite the outcome, our manifesto was a step in the right direction, from which we must not retreat backwards.
Only one per cent of Tory MPs were once manual workers. For a party that considers itself to be the champion of the Just About Managing, this is not good enough.