Given that four months out the Tories still have 81 candidates to select in England, plus all of Northern Ireland still to do, you might have thought it would be all hands t’mill over at the CCHQ candidates department. Apparently not.
According to the ‘out of office’ Gareth Fox – Head of Candidate Selection – it’s still holiday season:
“Thank you for your email, I am currently on leave until 12th January and I will respond when I return.”
Tory sources say everything is tickety boo and Fox is ‘around’ – a fact disputed by angry potential PPCs unable to get an answer to calls and emails. “This man is about as popular as herpes,” writes one co-conspiratorial candidate to Guido…