UPDATE 19:28 Paul Waugh claims that Joanne Cash has now withdrawn her resignation and CCHQ are due to brief on it soon.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 […]

Speculation was rife last night that the pregnancy of Tory Joanne Cash was a factor in her being “forced out” as Conservative candidate in the crucial target seat of Westminster North. Reading the following excerpt from a Times article, however, is it surprising yesterday’s crisis meeting was attended by both Eric Pickles and Lord Strathclyde? Another one […]

CCHQ were left scrambling to save one of their star candidates this evening amidst allegations that she was forced out by local party members. Joanne Cash, the Tories’ PPC in the key target of Westminster North, resigned at an emergency meeting of the local Conservative Association attended by party chairman Eric Pickles and Lords leader Tom Strathclyde. […]