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?