Tory candidates put on watch

Via James Graham:

This is probably little more than pre-election nerves, but Michael Crick has been having fun with it:

The Conservative Party high command is so worried about some of David Cameron’s Parliamentary candidates that they’ve started holding meetings every two weeks to monitor what they call a “watch-list” of those “have the potential to embarrass the Party”.

The interesting thing about this is a) what does it say about CCHQ morale that the minutes got leaked in the first place and b) what do they mean by “potentially embarrassing”? Based purely on anecdote (and admittedly I am hardly unbiased), they do seem to have more “embarrassments” than the other parties.

James Graham’s piece is here and Michael Crick’s piece is here.

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3 Comments

  • Pete (The Colchester one) 7th Jan '09 - 10:00am

    After the hate campaign conducted by Ian Okaley the Tory PPC for Watford isnt it good that the tories are keeping a closer eye on their candidates?

    After all the LibDems called for tory action to ensure that this sort of thing never happened again!

  • Keep an eye on the Tories! It strikes me that we need to keep an eye on the way Ashcroft is pouring money into target seats.Will a Cameron government be formed because of”cash for votes” ? £30,000, so they say, is going to most of the marginal constituencies. In each area we must make it clear that constituencies are “not for sale” -a negation of democracy and local choice.
    When that Tory phone call comes through why not ask “Who’s paying for this call ?” – our response could be “Ah, Ashcroft money!”

  • I wonder if Alix would call him Michael Prick 😉

    Not sure whether this is a story or not but it makes for some mischief making so enjoy 🙂

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