Time after time, the general population has proved to be wiser than the elites. Until now.
Carswell and I predicted that the internet would finish off top-down politics, but I still find it weird when it actually happens.
The party should be commended for its innovations in candidate selection – here’s how to make the process even better.
Plus the full text of the Prime Minister’s letter to voters, promising “no stunts or backroom deals, just a strong local candidate you can trust”.
How can you get any sense of what drives candidates when all you have is a brief leaflet in place of a lively interactive public meeting?
We’re glad to report that CCHQ has followed ConservativeHome’s advice and opted for a bold and radical selection.
One cheer for the news of an “open primary” to pick the by-election candidate. It’s a missed opportunity for a postal vote.
Yes, it would be amusing – but it would also be the right thing to do, for the by-election battle and our party’s future.
The barrister won out in a hard-fought selection battle.
Primaries would mean people could fight for their views within their party, rather than leaving to form another.
Unless there is a significant increase in women MPs at the 2015 general election, we will need to look at this issue in detail, and all options should be on the table.
Hundreds of seats are yet to select, and there are claims of deliberate delays.
The Scottish Conservatives’ Chief Whip is picked to have his third run at the Lib Dem-held seat.
The Association is to meet on Friday to consider rerunning the process.
Three councillors and the Chairman of the Regional Party make for a hot competition.