... some of those shortlists will indeed be all-women shortlists to help us boost the number of Conservative women MPs and also to recognise the fact that although about 29% of our candidates are women, there are many very very good women on our priority list of candidates who haven't yet been selected and I want to give them the chance to serve in Parliament, so that's my current intention.You want to give them the chance to serve in Parliament? What grandiose distortion of the democratic process gave you the droit of appointing our MPs? What lunatic vision of the Commons as a job creation programme do you labour under? Our Parliament isn't your fiefdom to appoint second-rate MPs at will - we return MPs there because they're the very best people to represent their constituents. Our Parliament isn't there to provide a shiny happy potato-head professional politician with the opportunity to exercise largesse, or tighten the dying grip of a failed party on the nation's windpipe. What arrogance. What hubris. What self-serving delusion.
Our Parliament and the processes that present us with candidates to return there from our constituencies must be meritocratic or they are nothing.
Go boil your overbred head, man. Go hang your shiny pate in shame. You're no Tory.