Tory Long List Drawn Up for Bridgen’s Seat

The Tories are gearing up to select a candidate to fight Andrew Bridgen for his North West Leicestershire seat. The sifting committee has drawn up its long list and the prospective candidates have been informed. Guido understands that the full list consists of:

  • Andy Carter – MP for Warrington South with a Tory majority of 3%. Carter was one quarter of the Kangaroo Court’s “Tory Majority” and has been looking for a safe seat to run to for some time. Association members may have strong opinions on Carter’s treachery
  • Meera Vadher – Formerly Andy Street’s chief of staff and transport SpAd currently at the No 10 Policy Unit.
  • Raaj Shamji – Deputy chairman of Andy Street’s campaign, regional deputy Tory chairman, and former Labour council candidate. Stood for the Tories in Birmingham Perry Barr in 2019.
  • Craig Smith – Local Tory councillor and deputy chairman of North West Leicestershire Conservatives.
  • Samantha George – Deputy chairman of North Derbyshire Conservative association and Tory candidate for Chester in 2019.
  • Marc Nykolyszyn – Director at a conservation group and Tory candidate for Nottingham South in 2019.
  • Sidney Yankson – Wealth manager and Tory Councillor in Kensington and Chelsea.
  • Laila Cunningham – Entrepreneur and Tory Councillor in Westminster.

With Bridgen getting into bust-ups in Parliament, Tory eyes are on North West Leicestershire as a prized safe seat with a majority of 20,000. Expect bitter fighting to secure the candidacy…

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EXCLUSIVE: “All Change” for Transport Department SpAds

The transport Department is seeing a total SpAd change-over as policy man Rupert Reid is following popular former comms SpAd Emma Barr (who recently departed Government for international comms agency Grayling) out the door. Reid is taking his love for ‘transport’ to heart by moving to Morocco to join his other half who has been posted there as a diplomat. Reid had been with the Transport Department since August 2019, implemented many of the recommendations he produced while at Policy Exchange. It’s been a busy department – reversing many Beeching cuts, banning internal combustion engine cars by 2030, veterans railcard, Brexit prep, and a Hydrogen Transport Hub in Tees Valley.

Reid’s last task was to assemble a new team. Guido can exclusively reveal they are…

  • Meera Vadher – previously Chief of Staff for Andy Street. Knows how to run a team and deliver local transport priorities.
  • Ryan Hopkins – A rising star from the Conservative Research Department. Hopkins was one of the two CRDers who produced the famous ‘Cost of Corbyn’ dossier in the 2019 election…
  • And… Neil Tweedie returns. The former Transport SpAd who had left Government at the behest of Lee Cain is back. Well liked in Fleet Street, his job will be to help spot the traps lurking in transport that Grayling fell into and so far Shapps has mangaged to avoid…

It will be a baptism of fire with the Brexit transition period ending in just 31 days time…

Keep up to date with Guido’s rolling SpAd list here

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