I always said that the new intake of 148 Conservative MPs would want to do things their own way and so it is proving to be. I've just found out that no fewer than 12 of them are standing for election to the 1922 Executive tomorrow. An interesting figure that, considering there are exactly twelve vacancies. Anyone might think that someone was encouraging them... If I were a conspracy theorist I might also believe that their colleagues might vote for then en bloc to send a signal of real change.
The twelve new MPs standing are Harriet Baldwin, Gavin Barwell, Angie Bray, Jackie Doyle Price, Charlie Elphicke, Lorraine Fulbrook, Rob Halfon, Andrea Leadsom, David Nuttall, Priti Patel, Mark Reckless and Alex Sherbrook.
The twelve old lags also standing are David Amess, Peter Bone, Peter Bottomley, Graham Brady, Julian Brazier, Philip Davies, James Gray, Bernard Jenkin, Laurence Robertson, Nicholas Soames, David Tredinnick, Andrew Turner and Charles Walker.
The election for chairman is between Graham Brady and Richard Ottaway.
For the two Vice Chairman positions, Peter Bottomley, Charles Walker, Nicholas Soames and John Whittingdale will fight it out.
For the secretaryship Chris Chope, Mark Pritchard and David Tredinnick will copmpete.
Brian Binley is the only nomination for Treasurer.
The election takes place tomorrow.