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So near…

Two parliamentary hopefuls fell at the final hurdle in their bids to represent the Conservatives at the next general election.

Banker Sajid Javid (above pictured) was defeated by a single vote in Orpington, Kent. The winner is the younger brother of London mayor Boris Johnson.

Meanwhile Tory vice-chairman Tariq Ahmed (below, right) lost out in neighbouring Beckenham, coming second to Colonel Bob Stewart, the former United Nations commander in Bosnia.

Tariq Ahmed

Jo Johnson won the nomination in Orpington after a close run-off with Javid at the local Conservative Association after six ballots. He and Javid were tied in the previous ballot.

Johnson and Javid were the last hopefuls standing after six shortlisted candidates had been whittled down to the final two.

Johnson’s father Stanley, a former Tory MEP, hopes to also enter parliament at the next election but is still seeking a way in after failing to get selected for Henley, the seat that was represented by his eldest son Boris until he stepped down after becoming Mayor of London. Sister Rachel Johnson is a newspaper columnist.

Ahmed, a Wimbledon councillor and vice-chair of the Conservatives with responsibility for the cities, was upbeat despite coming second to Col Stewart in Beckenham.

Ahmed said that he had recieved very positive feedback from local party members, and that he would consider trying again in another seat.



2 Responses

  1. Again ALL men being put forward by the Conservative party. Where are the women? Oh there don’t seem to be any. Where are the Asian women? Where are the black women? where are the Muslim women? Simply not good enough Conservatives.

  2. Hi Sonia,

    Threre a few so far i can name two black women selected by the Conservative Party in South London. Lohanna Morrison PPC for Bermondsey & Old Southwark she will going up against Simon Hughes and Kemi Adejoke PPC for Dulwich and WestNorwood she will up against Tessa Jowell.

    I am sure they are more but Lester Holloway has all the facts.

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