Astoundingly incompetent analysis from much of the political media this evening speculating on Boris standing in Newark. Only one problem – the local Tories have already selected their candidate back in November. CCHQ have been on a by-election footing for weeks as Guido reported in The Sun two weeks ago.
Mercer gone. By-election on. Waiting for @Nigel_Farage to decide whether will stand. Then standby for campaign to draft Boris ?
— Nick Robinson (@bbcnickrobinson) April 29, 2014
Michael Crick on Channel 4 News and the BBC’s Nick Robinson as well as Norman Smith have both been speculating that Boris might stand in Newark. A little bit of investigative Googling would have revealed Robert Jenrick’s web page on conservatives.com.
And his Twitter feed:
Or the press release
Cllr Stuart Wallace, Chairman of Newark Conservative Association, said:
“The Association wish to express our thanks for the work Patrick has done for Newark and for many of his constituents individually, over the last 13 years, both as a Conservative and as an Independent MP.
“Following Patrick’s earlier decision not to stand again, we selected a superb candidate, Robert Jenrick, who has already been very active locally.
“The Association are united in support for Robert and will be campaigning to ensure that he will be elected as Newark’s next MP.”