Tory grassroots fury over selection stitch-up as No10 allies are parachuted into safe seats 

30 Apr

Alex Burghart, Mrs May’s social justice policy adviser, was named on the shortlist for Brentwood and Ongar, which has a majority of 22,000. 

Chris Brannigan, Number 10’s director of government relations who liaises with businesses, made the list for Aldershot, a seat the Tories won by 15,000 votes in 2015.

In that seat there was fury among some local Conservatives after party bosses refused to put forward Daniel Hannan, the leading Eurosceptic, despite their demands. 

Neil O’Brien, who advises the Prime Minister on the northern powerhouse and industrial strategy, is also seeking for a seat at this election according to senior Tory sources. 

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