Phone calls and emails are coming in to Guido from usually reliable sources (including a leading candidate’s camp) saying CCHQ is having a crisis over the Mayoral candidates. A six month extension of the nomination period is being floated.
16.35 UPDATE :
Spin from Team Cameron is that they are “thrilled with all the candidates”.
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”