Attracting Conservative Voters

  • Witney has always been regarded as a safe Conservative seat and, in Douglas Hurd and David Cameron, has had two political lions who have been excellent constituency MPs and have made a major impact on the world stage.
  • Witney Conservative voters had had expected David Cameron to continue as its MP and had not expected to have to choose a new MP so soon.
  • Witney Conservatives do not have an unblemished track record in candidate selection - the MP from 1997 to 2001 defected to Labour.
  • Anyone elected as Conservative MP for Witney now could well have the job for 20 years or more.
  • Central Office organisers have moved unnecessarily quickly to call the by-election, forcing Witney Conservatives to choose a new candidate in a rushed process.
  • It is not critically important for Conservative voters to return a Conservative MP for Witney at this by-election.  The Conservative benches in the House of Commons are filled with talent and there is no urgent need for one extra backbencher.
  • There is, however, an urgent need to try to stop HS2 and Nicholas asks Witney Conservative voters to support his campaign in this by-election.
  • If Nicholas wins the by-election, Conservative voters will still have a chance to vote for a candidate of their choice at the next General Election.