Westminster Parliamentary Candidate Selection

December 7, 1999

What is happening in the Westminster Parliamentary candidate selection? Did Westminster ever affiliate to the Conservative Party? Nobody seems to know. If it did then it has to stick to the guidelines and procedures for the selection of parliamentary candidates, but if it did not then it can conduct itself according to it's own rules. 
It would be interesting if Central Office could publish a list of those constituencies which have not affiliated. 
Pressure was brought on constituencies to affiliate by telling them they could not have representation at the Party conference if they did not affiliate. We understand that in Westminster's case they in turn said to Central Office that if that was the case they would not pay any money to the Party. Collapse of Central Office.
Update. At the Annual General Meeting of the Westminster Association held in June 1999 in response to a question about affiliation the meeting was told "there are some rules that we do not agree with" We can take it from that answer that Westminster is still not affiliated to the Conservative Party.

It is said that two years ago a group of former FCS(Dissolved by Norman Tebbitt) members set up an organisation called "The Movement" to take over the Westminster Constituency Association. The intention was to keep it for Michael Portillo. He, having got Kensington and Chelsea they switched their allegiance. 
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