Sunday, June 04, 2006
Bob Neill Needs All Our Support
A little late but here's what I think of the Bromley & Chislehurst selection. I wrote a week ago that I thought Bromley Conservatives should play safe and if they had a good local candidate they should pick him or her. And that's exactly what they've done. Driving up to the BBC last night I was laughing out loud as Mike Seargent, BBC Political Correspondent told John Pienaar on 5 Live that ihis selection represented a "slap in the face" for David Cameron. Yeah, right. Bob represents Bromley at the GLA. He is leader of the Tory group on the GLA. He's well regarded by virtually everyone. He was also a vocal supporter of David Cameron in the leadership campaign (as well I remember!). OK, he's not black, gay, disabled or any other minority. So what. He's the best man for the job and they were right to pick him. It's very frustrating that some of the posters on ConservativeHome don't appear to believe that we're all in the same Party. Let's just get on with the job and give Bob all our support. Let's also remember that two of the three people in the final were A Listers. From what has been posted by people at the selection meeting Bob Neill outperformed the other two by a mile. I'm sure he'll repeat the performance during the by election campaign. I hope to see many of you down in Bromley during the course of the week.