Well, as I expected, the Esher & Walton executive committee approved the shortlist of 6 candidates to succeed Ian Taylor as the Conservative candidate for this constituency at the next election. The members were lobbied before the meeting by a local action group seeking a local candidate but the original 6 shortlisted candidates (with Chris Emmet replacing Liz Truss) will now go forward to the open primary on 21st November.
Personally, I am very grateful for all the support which I have received from many local party members and for the sympathetic messages sent to me since the shortlist was announced. But it is now time to move on and it is very important that as many people as possible come to the primary and hear the candidates and make a choice. Boycotting the meeting because there is no local candidate on the platform would be counter-productive. We still need to have the best person available, wherever they come from. Registration is still open at www.esherwalton.com .