Pasted below – without amendment, subtraction or addition – is a CCHQ press release on "new candidate selection guidelines":
"The Conservative Party Board has published selection guidelines for the Party’s associations that will be selecting priority candidates. Changes to selection procedures include:
- an initial interview and presentation by candidates to a selection committee
- associations to either consult with the community during selection or hold a primary
- an end to candidates making a big speech at their selection meeting
“These guidelines are further evidence that the Party is changing. If we want to be more inclusive, we must actively seek to include. That is why we are changing the way we go about selecting candidates to make sure that we include the whole community a candidate seeks to represent.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
Interviews will be carried out by the Selection Committee.
The format for the interviews should be a presentation of between 5 and 10 minutes followed by 15 to 20 minutes of questions. In addition to a number of set questions, members of the Committee should be able to ask further questions.
At the end of this stage a decision is made on the number of applicants the Committee wishes to proceed to the next stage. The Selection Committee shall recommend not less than 3, but ideally 4 to 6, for interview by the Executive Council.
WIDER COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
If not opting for a Primary selection, Associations must consult the wider community at this stage. Before the Executive Council meets and interviews the remaining applicants, non-party member representatives from the local community will have the chance to meet and interview them, scoring them on a range of skill areas and giving their overall impression of how suitable the applicants would be as the local candidate/MP. Their comments would then help to inform the Executive Council in deciding which 2 – 4 applicants’ progress to the final round.
The SGM is the opportunity for the full Association’s membership to choose their next parliamentary candidate.
There will be no set speech.
Each applicant will be interviewed separately by a designated moderator/interviewer, (e.g. a local journalist, community leader or relevant local professional) for up to 10 minutes in duration.
At the end of the interview there will be a Q&A session for a maximum of 20 minutes. The moderator or interviewer will ask for questions from the floor and will have flexibility to explore the answers given by the applicants."