Thursday, August 24, 2006

EXCLUSIVE: First Tory All Woman Shortlist

I can exclusively reveal that Chesham & Amersham Conservatives have selected their Parliamentary Candidate for the next election from an all woman shortlist. The candidate in question is Cheryl Gillan. It was a shortlist of one! Gotcha.

9 comments:

JT said...

Don't you mean Cheryl Gillan, rather than Cherly Gillan?

Gotcha back.

A dissapointed candidate said...

Careful, CCHQ will see this as a model for getting more women selected. "We will not do all women shortlists but we will have only one candidate to choose from."

In fact, why don't they just do that. Save a lot of hassle - let CCHQ allocate the candidates. After all, that is virtually what the A list is doing anyway.

WmByrd said...

Iain - Sorry, I don't grasp your point.
Isn't she the current MP? fairly solid 14,000 majority, presumably little chance of losing next election. If she's not falling down on the job or out-of-tune with Project Chameleon - sorry, I mean with the new, improved, ever-changing Party - why shouldn't she be the local party's unopposed candidate of choice? Or are sitting MPs now considered to be 'tainted by experience'?
Do explain.

Iain Dale said...

wmbyrd, it was my little joke.

chatterbox said...

Iain, they have only just calmed down from the last "A" list rant on ConHom. Don't set them off again, we do need a little peace before the Hefferrant returns from his holidays.

Cranmer said...

Mr Dale,

How do you know Cheryl Gillan is a woman?

WmByrd said...

Iain 1.54pm
Aha! I was wondering...

wonkotsane said...

Iain, you need to have a word. Quotas are so naff - a typical champagne socialist poilcy. People are getting fed up with quotas and "positive" discrimination. DC's plans for forcing 50% female shortlists is going to seriously damage the Tories in the run-up to the election.

Anonymous said...

Hate to ruin your headline Iain, but I believe Cheltenham had the first Conservative all women shortlist when they selected their candidate for 2005.

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