This continues the general trend of associations choosing male and local candidates.
Based on recent experience, Fifield seems the most plausible favourite, given associations seem often to favour selecting local councillors. We wish all three the very best of luck.
CCHQ has no constitutional power to impose a particular replacement candidate on the association if he loses the vote.
A rolling list of those Tory MPs choosing not to contest their seats again.
Local members said Dewhirst’s great virtue was that he was a local, standing in his own constituency. They were “unwilling to take a punt” on an outsider.
Despite several women – including Aphra Brandreth – recently being selected, on current polling, the spectre of a shrinking female presence on the Conservative benches still looms.
The pair will ease CCHQ’s concerns about a lack of female candidates in recent selections.
Earlier this year the Coalition for Global Prosperity set out to teach the next generation of Parliamentary candidates a basic knowledge of defence, diplomacy, and development.
The seats include Gower, Wirral West, and Oxford West and Abingdon, all of which have been held by Conservatives in recent years.
As of last month, only 16 per cent of those selected in Tory-held seats since June had been women – a drop on the current percentage within the parliamentary party.
Fox was previously an MEP for South West England and Gibralter, and Conservative leader in the European Parliament.
Tensions between the rights of Party members and the essentials of Parliamentary democracy can’t be smoothed away altogether. The question is how best to manage them.
The selection of the Olympic gold medallist is interesting not only for his star power, but for his lack of connection to the constituency, and comparative age.
There was a sense that members wanted “a fresh start” after a vote against Jonathan Djanogly, the current MP.
They are a mixture of Conservative-held and target seats.