Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Tories announce Brighton Pavilion shortlist

According to The Argus, the local Tories have whittled the applicants to stand for parliament in Brighton Pavilion down to just six.

And it looks like, whoever is chosen, the party has already thrown in the towel.

Frankly I haven't heard of three of them at all - so I can't tell you anything about them.

But of the three I have come across, there's Andrew Wealls, who actually has some experience standing in an election locally and losing to a Green party candidate, Scott Seaman-Digby, a senior Tory national organiser, and Chelsea councillor Mary Weale.

Now it's up to the good folk of Brighton Pavilion to choose the final candidate, at an open 'primary' meeting next Wednesday. Anyone living in the constituency can vote, whether or not they are a member of the Tory party. Call 01273 411844 if you want to join the fun.

Of course it's all academic really: if this shortlist really contains the best candidates to Tories can muster it looks to me like they've already thrown in the towel.

Remember David Bull? His departure was clearly prescient - it seems the Tories just can't find a big hitter who wants to risk being the country's first Tory candidate to lose to a Green MP.


  1. 205 days to go till the people decide unless Gordon the Clumsy calls an early election. He might surprise us with bravery and go for the week before (Th 27/5).

    Don't assume a shoe-in in Pavilion.

    My predictions
    1. Tories win all 3 local seats
    2. Nu Labor hold on to power with a 7 seat overall majority.

    The Tory lead is fragile. When the voters near d-day factors like better the devil you know and a chink of light at the end of the recessionary tunnel will begin to play.

    I will however be voting Green for the first time at a General Election

  2. Ben

    Thanks for the name check!

    Hope the sun shines tomorrow - even the dog looked unimpressed this morning. Hope to see you around Pavilion soon.

    I agree with taxrefusenik's prediction, although I won't be voting Green.



  3. However on Labour lead - I would predict between 40 - 60 Conservative majority at present although as more policy is announced I would hope this rises to over 100. Time is fragile in politics and things seem to change day by day. We shall have to wait and see but if all goes well next Wednesday I look forward to the challenge.