The Farnham Herald reports that the Foreign Secretary “announced his candidature to a packed audience at his ‘political update’ talk at the festival at 11am – his first public engagement after the news broke, saying it was “only right that my party constituency should be the first to know”.”

As Harry Phibbs suggested earlier on this site, Graham Brady’s absence from the joint letter about the contest signed by Brandon Lewis and two of the Vice-Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Cheryl Gillan and Charles Walker was significant. He is reportedly resigning as Chairman of the committe to stand.