Today’s Mail on Sunday reports that television psychology Kris Murrin has been present at a CCHQ meeting, and promised to use psychometric testing to help the Conservative Party pick its ministers, should it win the next general election.
Party chiefs have had talks with TV psychologist Kris Murrin on how to weed out those with psychological or other flaws.
However, the initiative has provoked a backlash from some Conservatives, who claim it had ‘sinister undertones’.
One MP claimed the real motive was to get rid of MPs who do not match up to image-conscious Mr Cameron’s personal and political style. The tests are among ideas put forward by Tory election chief Francis Maude, who is in charge of Mr Cameron’s ‘implementation unit’, set up to prepare the party for taking power.
Australian-born behavioural expert Mrs Murrin, who has a masters degree in psychology from Cambridge University, was among those present at a meeting of the implementation unit at the Tories’ Millbank HQ in London on September 15.
A well placed source said: ‘At the meeting, Kris explained how she could help the party make sure it picked the right people for senior jobs in government. The meeting discussed ways of measuring MPs’ skills, and how to select the right people for the right Whitehall departments. It also examined the question of interviewing MPs’ staff past and present to obtain more information about them.
‘The idea is to find out before we get into government which Shadow Ministers are capable of controlling a major department and a big budget – and which ones are not.’
A Tory spokesman denied the party was planning to carry out psychometric tests, adding: ‘Mrs Murrin is a freelance consultant.’