- Sitting Conservative MP expressed concerns about not being selected by their local association before the next election.
- Three sitting members of the Conservative Party have already been removed from their positions.
- Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO) was established to restore autonomy to a candidate selection system.
- Upcoming election will take place under newly adjusted electoral districts.
- Rejected MPs may be able to request a vote from the entire membership.
Sitting Conservative MP Expresses Concerns
A sitting Conservative MP has expressed concerns about the possibility of not being selected by their local association before the next election. “We don’t usually take action to remove people,” the MP commented. “It’s not a common practice within the Conservative Party – it’s something that is more associated with the Labour Party.”
Conservative Democratic Organisation Formed
Three sitting members of the Conservative Party have already been removed from their positions, most notably Damian Green, who had previously served as the deputy prime minister under Theresa May.
This has prompted the formation of the Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO), which was established by Peter Cruddas and David Campbell Bannerman, who are both allies of Boris Johnson.
The CDO’s mission is to restore autonomy to a candidate selection system that has been used by the Conservative central office to appoint former ministerial advisers. It seeks to give local members more influence in candidate selections.
Upcoming Election and CDO Allegations
The upcoming election will take place under newly adjusted electoral districts, with numerous constituencies undergoing changes and some being eliminated entirely.
Reports have suggested that the CDO is a Johnson-affiliated organization, capitalizing on the loyalty of members who remain devoted to the former prime minister. Campbell Bannerman has denied this, claiming that the CDO is enabling members to make their own choices.
Rejected MPs may be able to request a vote from the entire membership.
It can be challenging to identify any shared characteristics due to the limited number of individuals who were involved in the initial selection process.
Some have suggested that local Conservative members have become more active and assertive.
Johnson remains highly regarded among members, with considerable concern about his removal.
The local party chairperson downplays the role of the CDO as “exaggerated and mainly on Twitter”. An experienced senior Tory states that similar events also occurred prior to the 2017 and 2019 elections, but these were snap polls with many candidates chosen or rejected quickly.