Friday, May 19, 2006

Tory A-List 21-30

Ironically Eric Forth who was adamantly opposed to Dave Chameleon's A-list, so much so that he had stated his intention to stand on at the next election aged 64 or 65 to prevent one of the chosen few taking his plum Bromley and Chiselhurst seat. Now it seems very likely that an A-Lister will be parachuted in from somewhere for this secure Tory seat. Possibly one from our next installment of details of the most Toryish Conservatives not currently in Parliament. Especially as this set of 10 is bookended by two former MPs.

Numbers 21-30:-

Tim Collins CBE Was MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale from 1997-2005 when he lost to Lib Dem Tim Farron. He had been press secretary to John Major during the 1992 campaign. He has been a Tory Whip and Shadow Treanport and Education Spokesman. He is a Doctor Who fan and has appeared on several TV progammes discussing the show. But that is not sufficient reason to vote for him I think it is every Lib Dem Doctor Who fan's responibility to ensure that Tim spends more time with his dearly returned Doctor and tardis. He has already been mentioned on comments at Political Betting a a possible successor for Eric Forth in Bromley and Chislehurst.

Mark Coote: Has been candidate for Hastings & Rye in both 2001 and 2005, where he was just over 2000 votes away from winning from Labour's Michael Foster. He was endorsed by East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt to unseat Foster, but to a large extent it was Foster's vote going to the Lib Dems and not to Coote that made their contest so close.

Peter Cox: Was PPC for Exeter in 2005.

Caroline Dinenage: PPC for Portsmouth South 2005, however the Portsmouth Press seem to think that by reducing Mike Hancock's majority to 3,326 she made it a strong challenge and there was me thinking 404 in Edinburgh South was tight. She is the daughter of TV Presenter Fred Dinenage and lives in Portsmouth with her half-Spanish Royal Naval Officer Husband. She runs a marketing company with her mother, and she became the youngest ever Winchester councillor in 1998 when she was first elected, she did not stand for re-election this year.

Cllr Antonia Dunn: The Wandsworth Councillor stood for the Welsh seat of Cynon Valley in 2005. Her family has lived in Wandsworth for over 20 years.

Jane Ellison: Pendle PPC in 2005. She also stood in the 2000 Tottenham by-Election (to, for Barnsley East and Mexborough in 1997 and for Barnsley East in the 1996 by-Election.

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones: He is Britain's only black farmer with 30 acres near Launceston and was Entrepreneur of the Year at the Black Enterprise Awards 2005 for his Black Farmer brand. He recently wrote in the Times about the need for ethnic diversity in the Tory Party.

Dr Richard Evans: Was PPC for Hendon in 2001 and 2005. He is one of a number of names being mentioned a possible London Mayoral candidate.

Suella Fernandes: Was candidate for Leicester East in 2005, she is a trainee Barrister, educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and a school governor not bad for a 25 year-old. She is of Asian descent her father being raised in an India and Kenya her mother Uma has served as a local councillor and was Parliamentary candidate in the Brent East by-Election in 2003 and previously had stood for Tottenham in 2001.

Howard Flight: Was the MP for Arundel and South Down from 1997 to 2005 who was famously deselected by Michael Howard when Flight was honest about Conservative spending cuts prior to last May's election; although he later regretted his choice of words.. He had served as Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury 1999-2001, Shadow Paymaster General to 2002, then Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury for the remainder. He had also served as Deputy Chairman of the party. He too like Tim Collins has produced speculation about possibly succeeding Eric Forth.

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