The number of finalists appears to be the result of the local association pushing back against CCHQ’s attempts to influence the selection.
Shortlists have been chosen for London South West and for Croydon and Sutton. The elections take place next year.
it is quite conceivable that the Left of the party, casting around for a leadership contest standard bearer, will decide that he fits the bill.
From business people to barristers, a Number 10 adviser to former journalists, a strong field is lined up to compete for Willetts’ seat.
The competitive field includes two Free School founders, the Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and a Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.
The field has a rich depth of experience in General Elections, local government, business and even an Open Primary or two.