Chamali Fernando shortlisted by Cambridge Conservatives

Former Lib Dem London Mayoral selection candidate Chamali Fernando, who defected to the Conservatives in July, will take part in an Open Primary selection in Cambridge this Saturday, 12 December.

At the General Election the winning candidate will face whoever succeeds the Liberal Democrat MP David Howarth, who is standing down to concentrate on his career as an academic. The Liberal Democrats’ selection is also currently underway.

Billed as “more than just a Cameron cutie!” you can read Chamali’s pitch on Cambridge Conservatives’ website, as well as the biographies of the other five shortlistees.

12 December UPDATE: Nick Hillman (Chief of Staff to David Willetts MP) has been selected as the Conservative candidate for Cambridge. See ConservativeHome for more.

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14 Comments

  • Croslandist 10th Dec '09 - 2:59pm

    So she applies for a safe Lib Dem seat, but only after she has left the Party? Weird.

  • it doesnt mention she defected on her front page. It says she was the ‘youngest candidate to be chosen….’ – yes, by Liberal Democrats!! Hilarious

  • Helen Duffett 10th Dec '09 - 4:18pm

    Thanks Bernard; now edited.

  • Of the 6 shortlised – 4 women and 2 from a BME background. Be interesting to see how our shortlist compares

  • “Of the 6 shortlised โ€“ 4 women and 2 from a BME background. Be interesting to see how our shortlist compares”

    Of course if you look at balance & diversity from a different angle there is also a boring old white male candidate. Who has been blind from birth.

  • Wise is a party which asks people to have been a member for a minimum period before becoming a candidate.

  • Herbert Brown 10th Dec '09 - 7:13pm

    “it doesnt mention she defected on her front page.”

    Well, quite. It speaks volumes that she doesn’t have the honesty to mention that she was a member of another party until less than 5 months ago.

  • @Crewegwyn

    But I don’t think we do. I actually prefer our system of requiring references from five people who have been party members for X years (assuming that is still the case) as you can get people who make very good candidates who hadn’t been members before. I think the Labour MP for Wirral South only joined a few months before becoming a candidate as he had been in very politically restricted job.

    “It speaks volumes that she doesnโ€™t have the honesty to mention that she was a member of another party until less than 5 months ago.”

    Maybe they’ll pick her and claim no-one knew. Though I suspect they know how to use Google in Cambridge ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tom Papworth 11th Dec '09 - 1:02pm

    crewegwyn: “Wise is a party which asks people to have been a member for a minimum period before becoming a candidate.”

    I’m not sure that’s true. There is a lot to be said for pursuading a popular local figure who works hard in the community and is broadly in line with party policy to stand. A lot more, sometimes, than parachuting in some party aparachik.

    And as Hywel notes, sometimes people have good reasons for not being members. Some of my long-standing deliverers and helpers have never joined.

    What is crucial is checking them for quality. I’d rather sign a hard-working would-be candidate up as a member than take a useless, bone-idle member and make them a candidate.

  • Helen Duffett 12th Dec '09 - 3:22pm

    See updated post: Nick Hillman selected for Cambridge today.

  • Steve Webb had only been a member for a couple of years before getting approved & selected.

    All being a member for a long while requires is someone to complete a Direct Debit form!

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