On Friday, I sat a Conservative Parliamentary Assessment Board. The result arrived yesterday: I am now an Approved Candidate.

The next step is to apply to seats I feel I can represent well. According to Conservative Home, I’ll need to persuade selection committees that I am characterized by, for example:

  • Distinctive skills and experience
  • A history of commitment to the Party
  • Ideological views
  • Local connections
  • Experience in local government

I’ll need to be a plain speaker who can get on with anyone and who is prepared to commit to the constituency.

So far so good.

The following step is, of course, to get elected and my chances of election are completely unpredictable until I have found a seat.

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