Conservative Party chairman backs Boston and Skegness ‘open primary’

Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps

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Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps is calling on people in Boston and Skegness to grasp a ‘superb opportunity’ to pick the party’s General Eelction candidate for 2015.

It follows Boston and Skegness Conservative Association’s decision to hold an ‘open primary’ – giving members of the public a vote on the new candidate regardless of which political party they support.

Mr Shapps said: “Lincolnshire has a great track record in holding successful Conservative Party primaries and I am sure the Boston and Skegness effort will be another great event.

“This is a superb opportunity for local people, whatever political party they usually support, to have their say and I am very pleased to give it my full backing.

“There are four easy ways to register for the primary so I would urge Boston and Skegness residents to sign up, attend and help choose their new Conservative parliamentary candidate.”

Conservative Party primaries have already been used to select parliamentary candidates in Grantham and Stamford, Sleaford and North Hykeham and Louth and Horncastle.

The primary will take place on Saturday October 25 at Peter Paine Sports Centre in Boston and will involve up to four candidates undergoing an interview and a Q&A session before a vote from the audience.

Residents wanting to attend and vote have be on the electoral register in the Boston and Skegness constituency and also register with the local Conservative Party beforehand.

You can register in four ways:

By phoning: 01205 351804

By e-mailing: openprimary@bostonskegnessconservatives.org.uk

By visiting: http://www.bostonskegnessconservatives.org.uk/open-primary

By writing to: Boston and Skegness Conservatives, 16 Main Ridge West, Boston PE21 6QQ

To attend the event you must register using any of the four methods available by Wednesday October 22.