With another general election in the offing, constituencies are beginning to think about who their candidates might be. Certainly there are some swift calculations being made in Wantage, Rushcliffe and Runnymede and Weybridge (Ed Vaizey, Ken Clarke and Phillip Hammond respectively).
Mary Macleod, former Conservative MP for Brentford and Isleworth, who has twice been beaten by Ruth Cadbury, tells me she won’t be standing again.
‘It was a pleasure, privilege and honour to represent Chiswick, Brentford, Isleworth and Hounslow for five years – and I thank local residents for their support in that time (including 23,182 who voted for me in 2017, more votes than when I won in 2010), as well as so many people who worked with me on local issues and campaigns. Their ability to share, inspire and engage with me, are moments and experiences I will never forget.
‘It is now time to pass the mantle onto a new Conservative candidate in this constituency who can bring their determination, commitment and energy to defeat Labour at the next election and I will support the selected candidate fully to win’.