Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Four 2010 by-elections at Brighton Council?

The local Tories are, I understand, down to a shortlist of six candidates to fill the empty post of parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion.

The local association will, I'm told, whittle the list down to four before putting the candidates to a public vote.

I don't know who's on the shortlist - but I understand there's at least one local hat still in the ring.

It's something of a poison chalice. The vacancy was created after TV doctor David Bull dramatically quit the race earlier this year.

And it looks increasingly like whoever's selected will be beaten by Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas - just as the rest of the country return a Tory government for the first time in a political generation.

No-one wants to go down in history as the first in England and Wales to lose to a Green MP, of course!

If Caroline wins, she'll resign her European Parliament job in favour of Keith Taylor (pictured, left) - and that's bound to trigger a by-election in St Peters and North Laine.

But it might not be the only one. Of course, I'll stand down as a councillor here in Queen's park if I'm elected Brighton Kemptown MP, and Cllr Ian Davey is standing for the Green Party in Hove - and according to a 'tweet' from BBC South Political Editor Peter Henley, Moulsecoomb and Bevendean Councillor Maria Caulfield (pictured, right) is down to the shortlist of six to stand as Tory candidate in... wait for it... Gosport.

If she is selected, and wins, we'll be having a by-election in Moulsecoomb and Bevenden too - giving the Greens a chance to take yet another Tory seat.

Meanwhile, I guess Maria'll be too busy trying to win hearts and minds in Hampshire to make any more local gaffes (she recently admitted to a Guardian journalist that people hated the Tories and, I understand, she told a Kemp Town audience she was a Thatcherite) - let alone deal personally with residents' issues, or provide the political leadership for our massive housing division!

Whatever happens, 2010 is shaping up to be intersting, electorally at least!

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