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ConservativeHome has learnt that the first set of selections for candidates for the next general election – as opposed to the re-adopting of existing MPs – will be taking place on April 17th. We understand that CCHQ plans to have one selection per region in this first round.
The logic behind this move is clear. If all the selections in an area took place simultaneously, it would remove the opportunity for a candidate to find another seat locally.
If (for example) Suella Braverman is defeated by Flick Drummond in the Battle for Waterlooville, she would have the opportunity to look for another seat near Fareham – such as one of the two newly created Isle of Wight seats – before doing the chicken run to another part of the country.
This approach, therefore, strengthens CCHQ’s hand in ensuring candidates have the maximum chance of selection in their preferred area. Of course, some MPs might already be planning a move – if their house-hunting habits are anything to go by…