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.
I’m seeking the nomination for one of our new constituencies with a programme of liberalisation concerning cross-Solent travel, economic regeneration, and diversification.
Free laptops for EU conferences. Town Hall Pravdas. Plus a “Brewery and Visitor Centre” on the Isle of Wight.
Well-intentioned requirements are causing time to be wasted on form fillings and meeting pointless targets.
Despite the Conservatives’ loss of overall control, the results don’t make optimistic reading for either Labour or the Lib Dems.
These elections were very good indeed for the Conservatives – though there are warning signs of a potential Blue Wall effect in the south.
We need to ensure we are attracting those who can deliver effective and efficient services to our local communities.
How can ministers claim to be ‘levelling up’ the country when they are slashing targets for the North and Midlands in favour of the overcrowded South?
Contact tracing will help the Government to take control of Covid-19. It must ensure the system does not continue indefinitely, however.
If only 6,000 people, with 45 contacts each, are infected every day, we will need a capacity of 276,000 tests just to keep up.
Thousands of residents downloaded the App as soon as they were able to do so. 30,000 – at critical mass already -on the first morning of the launch.
Technologically and culturally, the Asian country is a very different place – and it launched its programme before the virus could take root.