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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Dagenham Has Seen the Future - And it's Conservative!
There's an interesting story developing in the Dagenham & Rainham Parliamentary selection. Three out of the final four are different generations of Conservative Future personalities - Simon Jones, Paul Bristow and Claire Palmer. Simon is a good friend of mine, while Paul and Claire and regulars on 18 Doughty Street. And to think, whichever one of them wins will have West Ham's Chadwell Heath training ground in the constituency. What more could a candidate ask for?
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As its so desirable Iain, and with your strong local connections I can only presume that you applied and weren't shortlisted-bad luck!
Your presumption is sadly incorrect. I am not applying for seats for the foreseeable future.
"I'm forever blowing bubbles, little bubbles in the air...."
What a hard choice this will be for the association/primary! All three would be superb candidates and excellent MPs!!
I have worked with all of them and they would all be excellent candidates. All are very hard working, passionate individuals who have done a huge amount to bring new, young people into the Conservative Party and reach out to new voters. I would say that they have very different styles so it will be a genuine choice for the seat. And they are all friends too!
Is the constituency winnable? Can we have some stats?
X is a friend of mine. I've known X since X was in nappies. X was chairman of North East Frog Town CF branch and doubled the membership by 100% to 2. X will be a good candidate/MP for this seat (insert name of seat) and I look forward to campaigning for X. Good luck X!
Give us a break!
No disrespect intended to Bristow/Palmer etc. but *why* are we getting excited about unwinnables like this when key marginals, like Eastleigh, haven't even selected yet?
What the hell is the delay?!
Is there something wrong with the local association? Do they not have the members? Are they staffed with muppets? Are they scared of Huhne?
All our key marginals should have selected by now. If not, then CCO needs to give them a kick up the arse.
anonymous 1.28pm - Cameron might need the likes of Huhne if he tries to form a lib/con pact...you don't scare the chickens if you need them to lay eggs!
I do with them all luck but I cant help wishing the lovely Paul Bristow just that little bit more luck than the others. He is such a hard worker and such a good campaigner and such a sweetie as well.
Best of luck Bristow!
Dagenham & Rainham is certainly difficult but not unwinnable.
Boundary changes have given it a notional Labour majority of 6581, and put it at 164 on the Tory target list.
Personally I would like to see Simon get it. But all three are fairly decent and hard working.
Yes - why the delay in eastleigh? Is it an attempt to squeeze the last candidate back in there again?
At least Palmer works for a living. The other two are just professional politicos. sure;y the party has better people than this
What about the fourth candidate, Jane Archer? She too has a proper job and is a very credible candidate.
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