Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, Britain's only black farmer, and a member of the Tory 'A' List has just been selected as Tory candidate for Chippenham. He beat off a strong challenge from fellow 'A' Lister Harriett Baldwin and a local candidate.
I met Wilfred at the 2003 Party Conference when he was mulling over whether to apply to be a candidate. What a nice guy. I am genuinely delighted for him. He'll have quite a media storm to deal with now, so I hope he knows what's coming. I hope that his selection will finally lay to rest the myth that ethnic minority candidates can't be selected by Tory Associations in safe seats. His selection follows Adam Afriyie in Windsor and Shailesh Vara in Cambridgeshire. Ok, that's only 3, but it's three more than the LibDems have got, and three more than many Tories would have expected only a few years ago. There's a good feature on Wilfred in the Sunday Times HERE.
Northamptonshire South is also selecting tonight. The final three are Andrea Leadsome, Andrew Griffiths and Damian Collins.