Conservative Candidates

The following seats have selected Conservative candidates for the next general election:
Page last updated 29th Dec 2014

Aberdeen South - Ross Thomson (Labour majority 3506, Con in 3rd)
Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine - Alexander Burnett (Lib Dem majority 3684)
Alyn & Deeside - Laura Knightly (Labour majority 2919)
Angus - Derek Wann (SNP majority 3282)
Argyll & Bute - Alastair Redman (Lib Dem majority 3431)
Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock - Lee Lyons (Labour majority 9911)
Ayrshire Central - Marc Hope (Labour majority 12007)
Banbury - Victoria Prentis (Conservative majority 18227)
Barking - Mina Rahman (Labour majority 16555)
Barrow & Furness - Simon Fell (Labour majority 5208)
Bassetlaw - Sarah Downes (Labour majority 8215)
Bath - Ben Howlett (Lib Dem majority 11883)
Batley & Spen - Imtiaz Ameen (Labour majority 4406)
Berwickshire, Roxburgh & Selkirk - John Lamont (Lib Dem majority 5675)
Berwick-upon-Tweed - Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Lib Dem majority 2690)
Bethnal Green & Bow - Matthew Smith (Labour majority 11574, Con in 4th)
Bexhill & Battle - Huw Merriman (Conservative majority 12880)
Birkenhead - Clark Vasey (Labour majority 15395)
Birmingham, Edgbaston - Luke Evans (Labour majority 1274)
Birmingham, Erdington - Robert Alden (Labour majority 3277)
Birmingham, Hall Green - James Bird (Labour majority 3799, Con in 4th)
Birmingham, Hodge Hill - Kieran Mullan (Labour majority 10302, Con in 3rd)
Birmingham, Ladywood - Isabel Sigmac (Labour majority 10105, Con in 3rd)
Birmingham, Northfield - Rachel Maclean (Labour majority 2782)
Birmingham, Perry Barr - Charlotte Hodivala (Labour majority 11908, Con in 3rd)
Birmingham, Selly Oak - Alex Boulter (Labour majority 3482)
Birmingham, Yardley - Arun Photay (Lib Dem majority 3002, Con in 3rd)
Blackburn - Bob Eastwood (Labour majority 9856)
Blackpool South - Peter Anthony (Labour majority 1852)
Bolsover - Peter Bedford (Labour majority 11182)
Bolton North East - James Daly (Labour majority 4084)
Bolton West - Christopher Green (Labour majority 92)
Boston & Skegness - Matt Warman (Conservative majority 12426)
Bradford South - Tanya Graham (Labour majority 4622)
Bradford West - George Grant (Labour majority 5763)
Brecon & Radnorshire - Chris Davies (Lib Dem majority 3747)
Bridgend - Meirion Jenkins (Labour majority 2263)
Brighton, Pavilion - Clarence Mitchell (Green majority 1252, Con in 3rd)
Bristol East - Theodora Clarke (Labour majority 3722)
Bristol South - Isobel Grant (Labour majority 4734, Con in 3rd)
Bristol West - Claire Hiscott (Lib Dem majority 11366, Con in 3rd)
Bury South - Daniel Critchlow (Labour majority 3292)
Bury St Edmunds - Johanna Churchill (Conservative majority 12380)
Camberwell & Peckham - Naomi Newstead (Labour majority 17187, Con in 3rd)
Cambridge - Chamali Fernando (Lib Dem majority 6792)
Cannock Chase - Amanda Milling (Conservative majority 3195)
Cardiff North - Craig Williams (Conservative majority 194)
Cardiff West - James Taghdissian (Labour majority 4751)
Carmarthen East & Dinefwr - Matthew Paul (Plaid majority 3481, Con in 3rd)
Carshalton & Wallington - Matthew Maxwell Scott (Lib Dem majority 5260)
Ceredigion - Henrietta Hensher (Lib Dem majority 8324, Con in 3rd)
Cheadle - Mary Robinson (Lib Dem majority 3272)
Cheltenham - Alex Chalk (Lib Dem majority 4920)
Chesterfield - Mark Vivis (Labour majority 549, Con in 3rd)
Chippenham - Michelle Donelan (Lib Dem majority 2470)
Chorley - Rob Loughenbury (Labour majority 2593)
City of Durham - Rebecca Coulson (Labour majority 3067, Con in 3rd)
Clacton - Giles Watling (Conservative majority 12068)
Clwyd South - David Nicholls (Labour majority 2834)
Colchester - Will Quince (Lib Dem majority 6982)
Corby - Tom Pursglove (Conservative majority 1895)
Coventry North East - Michelle Lowe (Labour majority 11775)
Coventry North West - Parvez Akhtar (Labour majority 6288)
Coventry South - Gary Ridley (Labour majority 3845)
Croydon North - Vidhi Mohan (Labour majority 16481)
Croydon South - Chris Philp (Conservative majority 15818)
Darlington - Peter Cuthbertson (Labour majority 3388)
Delyn - Mark Isherwood (Labour majority 2272)
Derby North - Amanda Solloway (Labour majority 613)
Derby South - Evonne Williams (Labour majority 6122)
Dudley North - Afzal Amin (Labour majority 649)
Dudley South - Mike Wood (Conservative majority 3856)
Dulwich & West Norwood - Resham Kotecha (Labour majority 9365, Con in 3rd)
Dumfries & Galloway - Finlay Carson (Labour majority 7449)
Dunfermline & West Fife - James Reekie (Labour majority 5470, Con in 4th)
Dwyfor Meirionnydd - Neil Fairlamb (Plaid majority 6367)
Ealing, Southall - James Symes (Labour majority 9291)
Easington - Chris Hampsheir (Labour majority 14982, Con in 3rd)
East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow - Graham Simpson (Labour majority 14503, Con in 3rd)
East Lothian - David Roach (Labour majority 12258)
East Renfrewshire - David Montgomery (Labour majority 10420)
Eastbourne - Caroline Ansell (Lib Dem majority 3435)
Eastleigh - Mims Davies (Lib Dem majority 3864)
Edinburgh North & Leith - Iain McGill (Labour majority 1724, Con in 3rd)
Edinburgh South - Miles Briggs (Labour majority 316, Con in 3rd)
Edinburgh South West - Gordon Lindhurst (Labour majority 8447)
Edinburgh West - Lindsay Paterson (Lib Dem majority 3803, Con in 3rd)
Edmonton - Gonul Daniels (Labour majority 9613)
Ellesmere Port & Neston - Katherine Fletcher (Labour majority 4331)
Eltham - Spencer Drury (Labour majority 1663)
Erewash - Maggie Throup (Conservative majority 2501)
Exeter - Dominic Morris (Labour majority 2721)
Falkirk - Alison Harris (Labour majority 7843, Con in 3rd)
Feltham & Heston - Simon Nayyar (Labour majority 4658)
Gedling - Carolyn Abbott (Labour majority 1859)
Gordon - Colin Clark (Lib Dem majority 6748, Con in 4th)
Gower - Byron Davies (Labour majority 2683)
Great Grimsby - Marc Jones (Labour majority 714)
Greenwich & Woolwich - Matt Hartley (Labour majority 10153)
Hackney North & Stoke Newington - Amy Gray (Labour majority 14461, Con in 3rd)
Hackney South & Shoreditch - Jack Tinley (Labour majority 14288, Con in 3rd)
Halifax - Philip Allott (Labour majority 1472)
Hammersmith - Charlie Dewhirst (Labour majority 3549)
Hampstead & Kilburn - Simon Marcus (Labour majority 42)
Harrow West - Hannah David (Labour majority 3143)
Havant - Alan Mak (Conservative majority 12160)
Hayes & Harlington - Pearl Lewis (Labour majority 10824)
Hazel Grove - William Wragg (Lib Dem majority 6371)
Hertsmere - Oliver Dowden (Conservative majority 17605)
Heywood & Middleton - Iain Gartside (Labour majority 5971)
Holborn & St Pancras - Will Blair (Labour majority 9942, Con in 3rd)
Hornsey & Wood Green - Suhail Rahuja (Lib Dem majority 6875, Con in 3rd)
Hove - Graham Cox (Conservative majority 1868)
Huddersfield - Itrat Ali (Labour majority 4472)
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey - Edward Mountain (Lib Dem majority 8765, Con in 4th)
Kingston & Surbiton - James Berry (Lib Dem majority 7560)
Kingston-upon-Hull East - Emma Ideson (Labour majority 8597, Con in 3rd)
Kingston-upon-Hull North - Dehenna Davison (Labour majority 641, Con in 3rd)
Kingston-upon-Hull West & Hessle - Mike Whitehead (Labour majority 5742, Con in 3rd)
Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath - Dave Dempsey (Labour majority 23009, Con in 4th)
Lanark & Hamilton East - Alex Allison (Labour majority 13478, Con in 3rd)
Lancashire West - Paul Greenall (Labour majority 4343)
Leicester East - Kishan Devani (Labour majority 14082)
Leicester South - Leon Hadjinikolaou (Labour majority 8808, Con in 3rd)
Leicester West - Paul Bessant (Labour majority 4017)
Lewes - Maria Caulfield (Lib Dem majority 7647)
Lewisham East - Peter Fortune (Labour majority 6216, Con in 3rd)
Lewisham West & Penge - Russell Jackson (Labour majority 5828, Con in 3rd)
Lewisham, Deptford - Bim Afolami (Labour majority 12499, Con in 3rd)
Leyton & Wanstead - Matthew Scott (Labour majority 6416, Con in 3rd)
Llanelli - Selaine Saxby (Labour majority 4701, Con in 3rd)
Louth & Horncastle - Victoria Atkins (Conservative majority 13871)
Luton North - Dean Russell (Labour majority 7520)
Luton South - Katie Redmond (Labour majority 2329)
Mid Dorset and North Poole - Michael Tomlinson (Lib Dem majority 269)
Mid Worcestershire - Nigel Huddleston (Conservative majority 15864)
Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland - Will Goodhand (Labour majority 1677)
Midlothian - Michelle Ballantyne (Labour majority 10349, Con in 4th)
Mitcham & Morden - Paul Holmes (Labour majority 13666)
Moray - Douglas Ross (SNP majority 5590)
Morley & Outwood - Andrea Jenkyns (Labour majority 1101)
Newcastle-under-Lyme - Tony Cox (Labour majority 1552)
Newport West - Nick Webb (Labour majority 3544)
North Cornwall - Scott Mann (Lib Dem majority 2981)
North Devon - Peter Heaton-Jones (Lib Dem majority 5821)
North Durham - Laetitia Glossop (Labour majority 12076)
North East Derbyshire - Lee Rowley (Labour majority 2445)
North East Fife - Huw Bell (Lib Dem majority 9048)
North East Hampshire - Ranil Jayawardena (Conservative majority 18597)
North Norfolk - Ann Steward (Lib Dem majority 11626)
North Warwickshire - Craig Tracey (Conservative majority 54)
North West Durham - Charlotte Haitham-Taylor (Labour majority 7612, Con in 3rd)
Northampton South - David Mackintosh (Conservative majority 6004)
Norwich South - Lisa Townsend (Lib Dem majority 310, Con in 3rd)
Nottingham East - Garry Hickton (Labour majority 6969, Con in 3rd)
Nottingham North - Louise Burfitt-Dons (Labour majority 8138)
Nottingham South - Jane Hunt (Labour majority 1772)
Plymouth Moor View - Johnny Mercer (Labour majority 1588)
Poplar & Limehouse - Chris Wilford (Labour majority 6030)
Portsmouth South - Flick Drummond (Lib Dem majority 5200)
Richmond (Yorks) - Rishi Sunak (Conservative majority 23336)
Rochester & Strood - Kelly Tolhurst (Conservative majority 9953)
Ross, Skye & Lochaber - Lindsay McCallum (Lib Dem majority 13070, Con in 4th)
Rother Valley - Gareth Streeter (Labour majority 5866)
Rotherham - Seb Lowe (Labour majority 10462)
Rutherglen & Hamilton West - Taylor Muir (Labour majority 21002, Con in 4th)
Sedgefield - Scott Wood (Labour majority 8696)
Sefton Central - Valerie Allen (Labour majority 3862)
Solihull - Julian Knight (Lib Dem majority 175)
Somerton & Frome - David Warburton (Lib Dem majority 1817)
South Cambridgeshire - Heidi Allen (Conservative majority 7838)
South East Cambridgeshire - Lucy Frazer (Conservative majority 5946)
South Leicestershire - Alberto Costa (Conservative majority 15524)
South Ribble - Seema Kennedy (Conservative majority 5554)
South Suffolk - James Cartlidge (Conservative majority 8689)
South Thanet - Craig Mackinlay (Conservative majority 7617)
Southampton, Itchen - Royston Smith (Labour majority 192)
Southampton, Test - Jeremy Moulton (Labour majority 2413)
Southport - Damien Moore (Lib Dem majority 6024)
St Austell & Newquay - Stephen Double (Lib Dem majority 1312)
St Ives - Derek Thomas (Lib Dem majority 1719)
Stoke-on-Trent Central - Liam Ascough (Labour majority 5566, Con in 3rd)
Stoke-on-Trent North - Ben Adams (Labour majority 8235)
Stoke-on-Trent South - Joe Rich (Labour majority 4130)
Streatham - Kim Caddy (Labour majority 3259, Con in 3rd)
Sutton & Cheam - Paul Scully (Lib Dem majority 1608)
Swansea West - Emma Lane (Labour majority 504, Con in 3rd)
Taunton Deane - Rebecca Pow (Lib Dem majority 3993)
Telford - Lucy Allan (Labour majority 978)
Thirsk & Malton - Kevin Hollinrake (Conservative majority 11281)
Thornbury & Yate - Luke Hall (Lib Dem majority 7116)
Tonbridge & Malling - Tom Tugendhat (Conservative majority 18178)
Tooting - Dan Watkins (Labour majority 2524)
Torbay - Kevin Foster (Lib Dem majority 4078)
Torfaen - Graham Smith (Labour majority 9306)
Tottenham - Stefan Mrozinski (Labour majority 16931, Con in 3rd)
Twickenham - Tania Mathias (Lib Dem majority 12140)
Tynemouth - Glenn Hall (Labour majority 5739)
Uxbridge & Ruislip South - Boris Johnson (Conservative majority 11216)
Vale of Clwyd - James Davies (Labour majority 2509)
Vauxhall - James Bellis (Labour majority 10651, Con in 3rd)
Walsall North - Douglas Hansen-Luke (Labour majority 990)
Walsall South - Sue Arnold (Labour majority 1755)
Walthamstow - Molly Samuel-Leport (Labour majority 9478, Con in 3rd)
Warley - Tom Williams (Labour majority 10756)
Warrington North - Richard Short (Labour majority 6771)
Wealden - Nusrat Ghani (Conservative majority 17179)
Wells - James Heappey (Lib Dem majority 800)
Wentworth & Dearne - Michael Naughton (Labour majority 13920)
West Bromwich East - Olivia Seccombe (Labour majority 6696)
West Ham - Festus Akinbusoye (Labour majority 22534)
Westminster North - Lindsey Hall (Labour majority 2126)
Westmorland & Lonsdale - Ann Myatt (Lib Dem majority 12264)
Wirral South - John Bell (Labour majority 531)
Wolverhampton South East - Suria Photay (Labour majority 6593)
Wrexham - Andrew Atkinson (Labour majority 3658, Con in 3rd)
Wythenshawe & Sale East - Fiona Green (Labour majority 7575)
Yeovil - Marcus Fysh (Lib Dem majority 13036)
Ynys Mon - Michelle Willis (Labour majority 2461, Con in 3rd)
York Central - Robert McIlveen (Labour majority 6451)

Comments - 457 Responses on “Conservative candidates”
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  1. Kevin Foster has been selected to stand in Torbay. He’s currently leader of the Conservative group on Coventry City Council, and stood in Coventry South in 2010.

    Source: http://www.torbayconservatives.com/news/torbay-conservative-parliamentary-candidate-2015-general-election

  2. Some more Conservative selections:

    Somerton & Frome – David Warburton (musician & businessman)
    Chippenham Michelle Donelan (Wentworth & Dearne candidate 2010)
    Chorley – Rob Loughenbury (communications consultant)
    Newcastle under Lyme – Tony Cox (engineer and Wirral councillor)
    Derby N – Amanda Solloway (management consultant)
    Eastbourne – Caroline Ansell (teacher and Eastbourne councillor)
    N Devon – Peter Heaton-Jones (Swindon councillor)

  3. Portsmouth South: Flick Drummond.
    Vale of Clwyd: James Davies.

  4. James Davies is a GP and Denbighshire councillor.
    Flick Drummond stood in Southampton Itchen in 2005 and Portsmouth South in 2010.

  5. Good to see Matt posting again. I think Paul Scully has been selected for the conservatives to fight sutton and cheam.

  6. Thank you for your kind comments – good to see you are still posting here too 🙂

  7. Royston Smith has been reselected as candidate for Southampton Itchen – he is a local councillor and former council leader.

  8. Philip Allott has been reselected as candidate for Halifax – he previously stood in Leeds W in 1987, Brent N in 2001 and Bolton W in 2005.

  9. Julian Knight selected in Solihull.

  10. Cardiff North will be selecting on Friday – the 2 candidates are:
    Craig Williams – Cardiff councillor, stood in Cardiff W in 2007 and 2011 Welsh Assembly elections and Cardiff S & Penarth byelection in 2012.
    Meirion Jenkins – Birmingham councillor, stood in Birmingham Yardley in 2010.

  11. Further Conservatilve Candidates from Conservative main web ite :-

    Brecon and Radnorshire Christopher Davies

    Mid Dorset and North Poole Michael Tomlinson

    h ttp://www.conservatives.com/Get_involved/confirmedcandidates.aspx#top

    BR

    (Hurrah! the Capcha has gone!)

  12. “Philip Allott has been reselected as candidate for Halifax – he previously stood in Leeds W in 1987, Brent N in 2001 and Bolton W in 2005.”

    There can scarcely be a candidate with a more consistently awful record in fighting winnable seats than Mr Allott’s.

    A massive swing against him in Brent North was followed by very disappointing results in both Bolton and Halifax.

    A Labour hold in Halifax being a certainty in 2015, the smart thing to do would have been to select a fresh young candidate who could build up a good base for taking the seat in 2020. Very many good candidates who have been cleared off the approved list will I’m sure be perplexed.

  13. “There can scarcely be a candidate with a more consistently awful record in fighting winnable seats than Mr Allott’s.
    A massive swing against him in Brent North was followed by very disappointing results in both Bolton and Halifax”

    It is a poor record but hard to say how much he is personally culpable for that. His result in Bolton West in 2005 was creditable enough while Brent North was obviously subject to the double-incumbency effect in 2001 plus continued demographic change.

    Anyway I give you Jayne Innes who defended and lost Birmingham Yardley in 2005 and Nuneaton in 2010

  14. “I give you Jayne Innes who defended and lost Birmingham Yardley in 2005 and Nuneaton in 2010”

    She had already said on twitter she won’t try again…so she can’t match the 3 losses by Allott.

    But we still have Sue Hayman in the race: Halesowen and Rowley Regis 2010 and Preseli Pembrokeshire 2005.

    Where can she be placed in 2015?

  15. With the benefit of hindsight Allott’s best result was perhaps Leeds West in 1987 when he was able to contain the drop in the Tory vote from 12,515 (in 1983) to 11,276. Considering it was a hotly contested Alliance/Labour seat that was a very respectable showing.

  16. Pete has already corrected the inaccurate statement about Phillip Allot – the 2005 result in Bolton West was a relatively good Conservative result for the time.
    IIRC the Tory share increased by nearly 4% when nationally we were only up marginally (although there was a national swing against Labour – but more because of losses to the Liberal Democrats).

  17. Another candidate with a poor record – Labour’s Ayfer Orhan. A 5% drop in the vote in NW Cambs and then a virtual halving of the vote in Hemel Hempstead.

  18. Christopher Green has been selected in Bolton W – he stood in Manchester Withington in 2010.

    Also just thought of Ken Andrew – he has failed 4 times to get elected (Loughborough in 1997 and Carshalton & Wallington 2001, 2005 & 2010).

  19. I was thinking of Ken Andrew as well.

    His results in C&W were pretty good until 2010 which was a disaster.

  20. He was on a downward escalator.

    A wise candidate looks for constituencies with an upward escalator.

  21. Craig Williams has been selected for Cardiff N – local councillor who stood in Cardiff W in 2007 & 2011 Assembly elections and Cardiff S & Penarth in 2012 byelection.

  22. I don’t know why the results in Sutton have been so disappointing – the 2002 local/2005General/2006 local + 2008 results showed an up escalator – although a gentle one.
    It looks like the 2 MPs are hard to shift personaly and the remaining Labour vote was squeezed by them.

    I think the Tories can eventually get them though if they put in the work.

  23. Lucy Allan selected for Telford

  24. Lucy Allan profile on Wikipedia – I forgot she was one of the “A List”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_Allan_(Conservative_politician)

  25. Morley & Outwood: Andrea Jenkyns (Lincolnshire Cllr)

    Colchester: Will Quince (local Cllr and 2010 candidate)

  26. Will Quince was previously a councillor in East Hertfordshire, but became a Colchester councillor in 2010.

    I am surprised there still hasn’t been any selection in Corby, Taunton Deane, Hazel Grove, Birmingham Northfield and Middlesbrough S & E Cleveland – these seats had been chosen for selection at least 2 months ago.

    I also wonder when Eastleigh will select, as it is surely still a target seat despite the byelection result.

  27. Wellingborough councillor Tom Pursglove has been selected for Corby – he is only 24.

  28. Bit young for such a crucial seat.

  29. has anybody called quatrough ever stood in an election?

  30. Although James Wharton was a similar age when he got the Stockton S nomination during the last Parliament, and he went on to win the seat.

  31. Given that Labour will most likely hold Corby, he’s probably been chosen with a 2-election strategy in mind. With the right kind of person it’s not a bad idea, and it’s what the Tories should have done in Eastleigh.

    If he wins in 2020 he’ll be 31-32 which is OK though still on the young side.

  32. The Conservatives still need to select a candidate for Eastleigh for 2015 – I don’t see it being Maria Hutchings, maybe somone like Jeremy Moulton who is a Southampton councillor who stood in Southampton Test in 2010.

  33. Hutchings would be perfect for a seat in Essex or suburban Kent.

  34. how about hampshire north east for maria hutchings

  35. Yes, she is rather in the mould of a Rosindell type. She may even thrive somewhere Essex-lite such as Welwyn Hatfield, Broxbourne or Speltorne.

  36. I think Maria Hutchings’s home seat was Castle Point, but didn’t get selected there – she might go for NE Hampshire, but in terms of Essex/Kent seat, there’s Tonbridge & Malling and fairly likely, Saffron Walden.

  37. None of the seats mentioned by T Dan Smith will become vacant any time soon.

  38. Yes, her home seat was Castle Point before she moved to Eastleigh. Funny enough I think she would have gone down well in Castle Point whereas Rebecca Harris would probably have come much closer to winning Eastleigh in 2010.

  39. The Cameroons gave Maria Hutchings enough rope to hang herself at the by-election and she duly put her head in the noose and kicked the chair away from underneath her feet.

    There’s absolutely no chance of her being a candidate again, unless she were to join UKIP.

  40. “None of the seats mentioned by T Dan Smith will become vacant any time soon”

    Probably correct although we never know what’s round the corner, especially as seat resignation seems all the rage this parliament. Even if they do I doube Maria will have much of a shout; I was more thinking aloud about non-Essex/NE London constituencies with Essex/NE London demographics.

  41. Yes that’s a good point.

    The coalition is lucky that it has a big majority of 80 or so and therefore from the viewpoint of governing it doesn’t have to worry about by-elections.

    What’s going to happen if Labour get a tiny majority next time and the trend of people resigning their seats mid-term continues?

  42. Some of the resignations would have not been allowed (those for MPs standing for PCC and Mayor as it’s up to the party designing the rules allowing them to seek selection or not).

    Deaths and MPs ending up in jail is another matter.
    And 8 out of the 12 by-elections in Labour seats were unavoidable.

  43. Stockport councillor William Wragg has been selected for Hazel Grove.

  44. Rachel Maclean has been selected in Birmingham Northfield – she runs an IT book publisher in Birmingham.

  45. Brooks Newmark and Graham Evans have both been reselected as Conservative candidates in Braintree and Weaver Vale:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0At91c3wX1Wu5dFkzTjFrRmJRN3F6ODBTTEs4NGFhcUE#gid=0

  46. I agree that Hutchings is probably unlikely to be selected for another seat. But if she were, I think it’s worth noting that though Saffron Walden is in Essex, it isn’t an ‘Essex seat’ in the sense that’s commonly understood – it’s altogether more rural than that.

  47. Edward: indeed, and it doesn’t usually select right-wingers either. Sir Alan Haselhurst is a moderate so too his predecessors Peter Kirk and Rab Butler.

  48. Agree RE Saffron Walden Edward.

    A lot of North Essex is poles apart culturally compared to that of South Essex- I would argue that the common misconceptions applied to the county stem from the Southern parts.

  49. Funnily enough I used to know someone in the Saffron Walden Conservative Association – amazingly he used to go to my regular pub in Brentford every week – and he was as right-wing as they come! He was Mayor of the town at least once.

  50. Neither Maria Hutchings nor David Cameron emerged with any credit at Eastleigh.

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