Monday, December 05, 2005
Tory New Beginnings?
This is the start of a watershed week for the Conservatives locally and nationally.
Tonight the local association are having an executive meeting to decide amongst other things whether or not to re-appoint me as the PPC.
The selection process is organised at association level, locally autononmy is still sacrosanct in the Tory party, fortunately.
As reported slightly sensationally by the Herald Express last Monday I have been invited to apply for a couple of other seats coming up for selection which would be interesting to me if the local Association were to decide they would prefer to try someone else to contest Torbay on their behalf.
There is no doubt that my style of operation (and indeed my style of dress) is not to the taste of some members of the local party who I think would prefer a candidate more in the mould of Conservative MP's of old, whereas there are others who like the fact that I am anything but an 'old style' Tory.
It is for the local association members to decide what they want, and who they believe will give them the best chance in four or five years time.
Not unreasonably I have asked the local association to make an early decision so far as I am concerned and to my delight they have responded and will make a judgement tonight.
And then tomorrow we will find out (at last) who is to be our new leader. I am convinced that Cameron has it and by a convincing majority (I expect nearly 2-1 in Camerons favour).
And then on Thursday we have a pivotal local by election in Torbay to select a replacement for Nick Bye in Churston.
This is going to be interesting because there is a large UKIP contingent in that area -UKIP are not contesting the ward and we will be interested to see if their vote comes out, and if it does, whether it comes out for our man.