Much more tomorrow!
11am update on 17th October:
- Warmest congratulations to Laura. By all accounts she is one of the nicest people on the candidates' list and will make an excellent and hard-working MP for the people of South Thanet. The TSCA have chosen well and they chose by an overwhelming majority - two-to-one. David Cameron will also be pleased to see another A-list woman adopted.
- It is not, of course, good news for Mark MacGregor. ConservativeHome has made no secret of its belief that Mark MacGregor is not fit to be a Tory MP. A combination of two lacklustre campaigns in 2001 and 2005, a letter from Tory MPs registering opposition to his candidacy and unhappiness at CCHQ scheming all combined to thwart MM's ambitions. It is unlikely that any other selection committee of a Conservative Association will now wish to embrace Mr MacGregor and his controversial past.
- LS' selection also affects Mid Norfolk where she was one of four finalists. Mid-Norfolk have announced that A-listers Kit Malthouse and Priti Patel will be in Saturday's final. KM and PP were tied in the previous round.