ConservativeHome reports on the Bromley & Chislehurst shortlist, which has been published in today's London Evening Standard. The surprise name on the list is Eric Forth's widow Carroll, who yesterday passed the Parliamentary Assessment Board. People have done remarkably well to keep quiet about this for so long - very unusual in the Conservative Party! Carroll could well be the best placed candidate for this by-election. I'd love to be a fly on the wall at Saturday's selection meeting. She is certainly a feisty character and a lady with some definite opinions. If the local Party are looking for someone to take on Eric's mantle, then who better could there be? With the LibDems having picked a local candidate I would be astonished if the Conservatives didn't follow suit. Go Forth, Carroll!
PS Apologies for the quality of the photo, but I scanned it from a leaflet I helped deliver in the constituency a couple of evenings ago. The fold is in exactly the wrong place!