Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Sir Bufton Tufton to be ejected

Apparently, the executive committee of the South Staffs Conservative Party have decided that they don't want Sir Patrick Cormack as their MP after the next election - when Sir Patrick could be knocking on the door of 70.

Now, this isn't over - Sir Patrick has the option of going to a vote of the whole membership or a full selection process, but Iain Dale has already launched a campaign to Save Sir Patrick. Shouldn't the local party be allowed to select their own candidate without interference from people outside the constituency?

But Iain isn't alone in his campaign to save a dinosaur - Nadine Dorries has thrown her support behind Sir Bufton Tufton and promised to campaign for him if he decides to stand as an independent. Now, I suspect that campaigning against an official candidate carries the same punishment in the Tory Party as it does over on our side and it isn't a stern talking to from the whips. More importantly, why would she choose to back somebody who can't retain support from his own members and is so consumed by his own self-importance that he puts himself before his party?

4 comments:

Simon said...

Shouldn't the local party be allowed to select their own candidate without interference from people outside the constituency?

Well, it depends on the nature of the interference. If Tory Central Office took it upon themselves to reverse the deselection, that would be unwarranted interference. If someone living outside the constituency who happens to have a high regard for Patrick Cormack starts a campaign to persuade South Staffs Tories to change their mind, I don't see the problem. They'll still be making the final decision, after all.

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Freddie said...

A little bird tells me of a deselection rather closer to home P.H.

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