Tower Hamlets councillor Philip Briscoe (whose blog is here) was selected last night for the GLA seat of City and East. Philip needs a 4.9% swing to unseat Labour. His wife Shirley was adopted for the GLA seat of Lambeth and Southwark in April.
Alexander Ellis has been selected to be the London NE Assembly candidate (incorporating the boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Waltham Forest). Atiq Malik, Dr Ellie Hopkins and David Vaini were the runners up.
Cllr Andy Jennings was selected as the Conservative GLA candidate for Greenwich and Lewisham on Saturday night. In the last GLA elections the second-placed Tory candidate won 20.4% of the vote - compared to the winning Labour candidate's 33.3%. According to Greenwich Conservatives Andy beat Antonia Cox and Cllr Philip Briscoe.
Councillor Shirley Houghton was last night selected on the first ballot for the London Assembly seat of Lambeth and Southwark (held by Labour's Valerie Shawcross). The Conservatives came third there last time but this is significant as she is the first female candidate selected to stand in the next Assembly elections.
More than two hundred Tory members chose teacher and Enfield Cllr Matthew Laban, Cabinet Member for Housing, to be the party's GLA candidate for Enfield Haringey last night. Matthew overcame opposition from former local councillor David Conway, Tower Hamlets councillor Shirley Haughton and Kabir Sabar, previously parliamentary candidate for Walsall South. Nearly 11,000 UKIP votes contributed to Labour winning this seat in the 2004 Assembly elections.
Deputy leader of Croydon Council, Steve O’Connell won on the first ballot of a meeting of about 300 local Conservatives and will be the Tory candidate for the GLA seat of Croydon and Sutton. Cllr O'Connell beat Peter Campbell from David Cameron's office, Jackie Doyle Price and Helen Stevens.
Former Surbiton MP and Environment Minister, Richard Tracey has been adopted as the Conservative Party's GLA candidate for Merton and Wandsworth. He beat Jo Anne Nadler, Cllr Krystal Miller (Merton) and Matthew Maxwell Scott (Chairman of Tooting Conservative Association) for the selection. Richard will succeed Elizabeth Howlett.
ConservativeHome reported yesterday that Kit Malthouse was adopted as the Conservative candidate for the GLA's West Central seat. Mr Malthouse triumphed despite the efforts of Shireen Ritchie, Chairman of the CCHQ Candidates Committee and active supporter of David Cameron's ambition to change the face of the parliamentary party. Ms Ritchie lobbied on behalf of Nick Paget-Brown (the text of her supportive email is pasted below). Ms Ritchie's loyalty to a friend is admirable but many will question the wisdom of someone in such an influential party position - where neutrality is highly-prized - being seen to be partial in a candidate selection process (although not one involving a Westminster seat). Ms Ritchie has come under fire in the past. People have connected the high proportion of K&C A-listers with the fact that Ms Ritchie is a luminary of Kensington & Chelsea Conservatives.
I said I wasn't going to report on GLA selections but here I am - doing it again. Yesterday evening 400 Conservatives chose Kit Malthouse to succeed Angie Bray as the Conservative candidate for the London West Central seat. He beat Nick Paget-Brown, Victoria Borwick and Shirley Houghton. Many congratulations to Kit.
I'm struck by the good attendance number. Again and again I hear of parliamentary selection meetings where attendance falls short of triple figures. The party introduced open primaries (rightly in my opinion) to reduce the power of these small 'selectorates'. I'm thinking of compiling a paper on the open primary process - its strengths and weaknesses. Has it succeeded in increasing attendance? Has it brought representative people into the selection process? If you have observations please email them to me here.
This part of ConservativeHome doesn't usually cover the selection of GLA candidates (Sam and I need some time off!) but James Cleverly's selection last night to (hopefully) inherit Bob Neill's Bexley and Bromley seat is an exception... for two reasons: (1) James is a good friend of this site and it's really thrilling to see him selected and about to become one of the most prominent ambassadors for Conservatism in London; and (2) Matthew Scott of Bexley CF recorded the terrific video (below) of last night's proceedings. For those wanting an insight into the workings of a selection process Matthew has done a great job.