Board of the Conservative Party has reached a decision in principle on
the method for selection of candidates for the European Parliament for
the 2009 election. Sitting MEPs who have been re-selected following a
procedure similar to that laid down in the Party’s constitution for
Westminster MPs will be placed in ranking order by party members in a
postal ballot. Members will also be asked to place additional
candidates in ranking order.

In the wholly exceptional
circumstances that there will be no sitting MEPs who are women seeking
re-election, and for this selection process only, the top position in
each region below any reselected sitting MEPs will be occupied by the
woman candidate
who gets the most votes in the postal ballot. Detailed arrangements will be developed in the coming weeks."

Deputy Editor

ConservativeHome will be unveiling its campaign response to this decision tomorrow lunchtime.

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