Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Suffolk Coastal - third time unlucky for local Tories

Yes, Suffolk Coastal Conservatives have completed the hat-trick of Suffolk seats where the local candidates have been blown away by the incomers, selecting Therese Coffey from that well known Suffolk town, Andover. At least this time two locals made it to the final six, although as the result was decided on just one ballot, it seems like neither of them got even remotely close.

Given that neither of the locals had a local government record in Suffolk, it does seem that the ranks of Conservative councillors across the county have little prospect of advancement. And, if unitary government becomes a reality, there'll be a lot less of them soon.

As for Ms Coffey, it was third time lucky, after her failure to get selected in Spelthorne and South West Norfolk. She'll be moving from Hampshire shortly, I guess, and we'll see just how good she is soon enough. That said, how good do you have to be to defend a 10,000 majority when the swing is towards your Party? 

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