Friday, 12 February 2010

Interesting choice for Stratford selectorate

The 900 members of Straford upon Avon constituency Conservative association face an interesting choice when they meet to effectively choose the new MP for the South Warwickshire constituency next Friday.

The outgoing MP, John Maples, attracted controversy by advocating all women shortlists as deputy chair of the party. As it so happens, four of those on the shortlist are women, one the daughter of a Conservative MEP and one a former ambassador. Another candidate is the co-founder and chief executive of YouGov who happens to be a British Asian (and one of two candidates who has served on the flagship Conservative council at Wandsworth).

The final candidate, Philip Secombe, is an estate agent, a district councillor and chairman of the constituency association. Will the choice fall to a local man?

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