Individually, it may make sense for a constituency to pick a known local candidate. But collectively, the party needs some constituencies to think outside the box, so as to make itself collectively more electable.
Local Conservatives described a slight air of “bewilderment” on the night when Robertson was joined by fellow members of Bembridge sailing club that he had signed up for the express purpose of voting with him.
“This is the problem with our defence spending: there’s no redundancy in the system, and we live in increasingly dangerous times.”
Centre for Cities research has shown that, after controlling for differences in population growth, we are today missing 4.3 million homes that other European countries managed to build.
Those of us concerned believed we needed some adjustment to the system; there is currently far too much dependence on greenfield sites.
I’m seeking the nomination for one of our new constituencies with a programme of liberalisation concerning cross-Solent travel, economic regeneration, and diversification.
Perhaps it won’t be until it’s their children and grandchildren who can’t afford anywhere to live that the penny finally drops.
Although this latest Russian defeat is symbolically dreadful, militarily the withdrawal is entirely sensible.
Their country is not in any danger of attack, but the leadership in Moscow have spent a decade building a frightening alternate reality.
As with the Iraq War, the public is none too appreciative when it realises it has been misled, not least thanks to dodgy data.
“We need more homes, in the right places, at the right time, and I don’t really care who builds them or who owns them”, says Ben Everitt.
Bob Seely is wrong – building more homes is not just about ‘local people’.
The Government won the division during yesterday’s consideration of the Trade Bill by 18 votes.
Behind today’s genocide row about the Uighurs stand the Hong Kongers, Biden – and our own trade and security irresolution.
This rebellion had little in common with most others, but the names of many who oppose the Government now show a certain predictability.