The Totnes open primary result is interesting for two reasons...
1. The turnout. Most pundits and people within the Conservative Party had predicted a turnout of at most, 15%. In the end it was 25%. Eric Pickles professed himself to be "tickled pink", conjuring up an unfortunate image in the process. He has every right to be. It totally vindicates the experiment and we can now expect this process to be repeated elsewhere if the funding can be found.
2. The result. A female local GP didn't just wallop two experienced local council leaders, Sarah Wollaston trounced them.
Sarah Wollaston - 7,914
Sara Randall Johnson - 5,495
Nick Bye - 3,088
Is this an anti politician vote? Will this encourage other Conservative seats to risk selecting candidates with no experience of politics? I have no idea, but it wouldn't surprise me.
It seems to have become part of the conventional wisdom that this whole exercise cost upwards of £40,000. I have no idea what the real cost was, but from what I know of printing and mailing costs I'd be surprised if it cost half that.