Primary MP backs Louth and Horncastle public pick


A Lincolnshire MP selected as a candidate through an ‘open primary’ is backing this month’s public vote in Louth and Horncastle to choose a replacement for Sir Peter Tapsell.

Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford, was chosen as his constituency’s Conservative Parliamentary Candidate through the primary system in 2007.

The MP won a public vote against three other candidates in an event at Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham and attended by residents from South Kesteven.

Now he is urging Louth and Horncastle residents to take part in the primary to choose a replacement for Sir Peter Tapsell as the Conservative candidate in next year’s General Election.

Nick said: “The Conservative Party is the only mainstream party to offer the use of primaries in selecting would-be MPs and it is great way to get the public involved in politics.

“It was seven years ago when I was first selected, but I still remember the added sense of achievement in being chosen as candidate by voters from Grantham and Stamford.

“I’d urge all those living in the Louth and Horncastle constituency to sign up and attend the primary in Spilsby.”

The Louth and Horncastle primary takes place, Monday July 28 at Franklin Hall, Spilsby and involves candidates undergoing an interview and Q&A session from the floor before a vote from the audience.

Anyone on the electoral register in the Louth and Horncastle constituency can take part by registering with the local Conservative Party before the event.

There are three ways to register:

- Call Louth and Horncastle Conservatives on 01507 603713

- E-mail Louth and Horncastle Conservatives at

- Write to Louth and Horncastle Conservatives at 16 Eastgate, Louth LN11 9NE

Voters in Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea and Alford, can travel by bus, £5 return, for more information contact the Conservative Association.