David Gold has just beaten Jackie-Doyle Price and Eric Ollerenshaw to be selected as the candidate for Eltham. All three candidates were subjected to an interview by Michael Portillo as part of the interview process this evening. David fought one of the Brighton seats in 2001.
Portillo took time off from his private assignations then. How noble of him.
Portoloo selects Quentin Tarantino look-alike, there’s a joke in there somewhere!
I was at the primary (sitting next to Dizzy), and Portillo is obvious making a new career as a stand up comedian, witht he way he was cracking jokes between candidates.
As for the result, David was the strongest candidiate.
I wish Eltham well. Mr Gold seems like a nice chap but I worry that early selections might rebound on project Cameron. We selected ours early and already the entire association management would cheerily throttle him. I have gone grey just dealing with our prima dona who was not as he seemed at selection. We are already muttering deselection. It's enough to make you vote Lib Dem!
Why has that Iberian, cut off at the knees toulouse lautrec look alike, backstabbing,eastern european nanny shagging(allegedly) wanker(most certainly) got any say in who becomes a Conservative candidate?
I give up on the Conservative party, I really do.
Gold was the best of the three finalists; you could tell he was A-List material. Eric Ollerenshaw looked tired on the night and Jackie Doyle Price seemed nervous. That said they were all good in there own ways.
Let’s see if this Primary style selection helps win Eltham or not?
Apparently it’s the first in London to do this, where else in the country has given it ago?
Gold is a good guy - he stood in Brighton Pavillion in the past and I met him a couple of times. He had good campaigns but no chance unfortunately. Good luck in Eltham
Oh Iain, I love it when you're so wickedly deadpan.
'subjected to an interview' by Portillo. The three candidates must have felt highly honoured, if a little confused. ('Is he a member of the Party?' I can hear one muttering to the other.) I bet his questions were fascinating:
'Read any good books by Jeannette Winterton lately?'
'Now, what are you going to do for the council workers in Streatham, I mean Eltham?'
'The LibDems are going from strength to strength - don't you agree?'
'If we were to abolish the monarchy and have a presidente instead, who would be your choice -now speak out candidly, don't worry about my being here.'
'Christianity the scourge of mankind - discuss.'
I'm just imagining the Duke of Wellington being interviewed - ca. 1806 - for his seat by Portillo. Admittedly before the Peninsular War, but still.
Phone cam foolery
You say you have given up on the Conservative Party.
Thank god for that. You were not seriously thinking of voting for them were you?
Let me know if you do, because when people from your veiwpoint think its OK to start voteing Tory, it will be time for me to not only stop voting Tory , but also leave the country.
If you ever did vote Tory in the past you must have been mad.
Phone cam shows how far out of touch the right-wing Thatcher-loving tories have become. Portillo is one of the few Conservatives of recent times who have actually become both popular and to some extent influential with a broader public. There can be little doubt that notwithstanding jeers about his past, he would have done better electorally than either IDS or Hague. Yet the basking sharks of the Europhobe loony wing of the Tories come up with all this bile about an obviously decent man who is also clearly very committed to this country and is proud of his origins but not a slave to them. What a state the party is in that we have to listen to this sort of tripe.
Feel sorry for anonymous 11:26, can be very difficult to get a candidate to change if he/she is foolish or acting wierd. One thing to try is to find out from them why they think it's good to behave that way; sometimes this really is just about nerves and stress, especially from less experienced people. Sometimes it's about background as well and Conservatives need to change and become more in tune with where people are at now. David Gold looks like the sort of modern candidate we need.
The thought that Portillo has any part at all in choosing candidates is too depressing for words.
P L E A S E tell that oaf
Gary Powell that you a member of the Conservative Party! He will leave the country then! He has put it in writing and he has told us all countless times he is a man of his word!
If Cameron can invite anyone to participate in the selection of the CVonservative London Mayoral c andidate, then how can it be wrong to ask Mr portillo to interview the candidates for Eltham?
If one reads Portillo's website. His speeches and articles he would make an excellent leader of Ukip/BNP and the new party which must emerge when the Real Tories see Cameron for what he is and move on!!
Not in the slightest bit surprised David G was chosen .... after all, he is called David and looks remarkably like a clone of David C.
Choosing candidates why bother! With Helmer stoking up civil war in the Tory party over the EPP betrayal, no chance of them getting elected. C'mon Iain give us your view on Helmer's statement.
On the one hand we had some snide comments about Portillo's "Iberian" roots, on the other we had the bizarre claim that Portillo was/is "popular" with the general public.
Am I the only member of the Conservative Party that is bored backwards by both its ultra-modernising and reactionary fringes?
Anonymous on Portillo - I have just been reading Michael Portillo's website in detail, his speech on multiculturalism is a long long way from the BNP as you claim - it's actually a very measured and intelligent speech calling for rational thought on immigration and multicuralism issues, condemning racism but asking people not to let fear of being accused of racism prevent them from challenging what are sometimes barbaric practises amongst incoming groups. The speech can be seen in full at:
It would be best to check sources and read them before slagging off!
The Lib/Dems reminds me of my frying pan. It was working fine for a long time as it was hardly ever used by anyone. But when the Teflon started to ware off it quickly became a more than useless piece of junk.
Their you are making things up again. Advice would be when in a whole stop digging.
I read on a site the other day that you advocate the following things on different webb sites.
The immidiate nuclear bombing of Iran
American to invade Israel
George Bush to be impeached
Nato to attack Syria
The nationalisation of the Train system.
The denationisation of the Education and health services.
Also you seem to vote for the Lib/dems the Conservative Party The Labour Party The BNP UKIP The Green Party and The monster raving loony Party all at the same time.
I think a character as confused as you should shut up untill they have a consistant idear in their head. Or see a doctor, because the strain of contributing to a hundren blogs a day is obviously getting to much for you.
I was at the primary and have to say, it worked very well. There were more young people than at any selection meeting Ive been to before and a good atmosphere. But if portillo was meant to be helping the tory cause it was hard to see how. In spite of that the candidates all did well. David was the obvious winner but I hope the other 2 will be selected somewhere as David said in his speech afterwards.
No Erasmus you are not alone, I too am sick to death of both groupings, they are both extremists in their own unelectable ways.However the main difference is that the ultra modernisers already have a party of their own in reality, it is called New Labour. The reactionary wing of the Tories may soon find UKIP to be their true home but right now the Tories are all that they have.
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