UPDATE 19:28 Paul Waugh claims that Joanne Cash has now withdrawn her resignation and CCHQ are due to brief on it soon.
UPDATE 18:32 The line is “Westminster North Conservative Association has not accepted Joanne Cash’s resignation. CCHQ is working to resolve issues”. This is a very interesting wording: “we’re not accepting her resignation” is not the same as “I’m not resigning”.
UPDATE 18:09 Tory Bear reports that she won’t be resigning (after all) and a statement is imminent.
The Tories still haven’t resolved the issue of Joanne Cash’s candidacy in Westminster North. Channel 4’s Cathy Newman isn’t the only one who thinks it’s ridiculous:
Someone, whether Cash herself or figures within her local party, have created a gigantic distraction and the Tory press operation seems to be completely floundering.
- Why did Joanne Cash resign in the first place?
- What was the nature of today’s wrangling between Cash, CCHQ and Westminster North Conservative Association?
- Has she now been re-instated as the PPC?
The slow response (it seems they can’t even sate lobby hacks with a vaguely accurate off-the-record briefing) is somewhat ironic given their claimed fleetness of foot over expenses in the past week.
Nature abhors a vacuum – and so does politics.