At the last NEC meeting, it was announced that 26 non-Labour held marginals in the South and Midlands would be the first to select their parliamentary candidates. These seats will be filled using a new selection procedure, involving self-nomination, with shortlisting locally by a Selection Committee elected by the CLP Executive. The final decision will be taken by local members.
25 of the 26 seats are Tory held, with majorities ranging from just 92 in Thurrock to 6304 in Burton on Trent. Thirteen of the selections will be conducted by all-women shortlist (AWS).
The selection that is likely to be most hotly contested is Charles Clarke’s old seat in Norwich South, which is held by the Lib Dems with a majority of just 310.
The full list of all of the seats up for selection, including their majority, and the name and party of the sitting MP, can be found below.
|Seat||Majority||Currently party||Current MP||AWS?|
|Norwich South||310||Lib Dem||Simon Wright||N|
|Brighton Kemptown||1,328||Conservative||Simon Kirby||Y|
|Northampton North||1,936||Conservative||Michael Ellis||Y|
|Hastings and Rye||1,993||Conservative||Amber Rudd||Y|
|Warwick and Leamington||3,513||Conservative||Chris White||N|
|Swindon South||3,544||Conservative||Robert Buckland||Y|
|Milton Keynes South||5,201||Conservative||Iain Stewart||N|
|Reading West||6,004||Conservative||Alok Sharma||Y|
|Chatham and Aylesford||6,069||Conservative||Tracey Crouch||N|
|Burton on Trent||6,304||Conservative||Andrew Griffiths||TBC|