Conservative Party to hold ‘open primary’ to find Boston and Skegness election candidate

Mark Simmonds
Mark Simmonds

The Conservative Party will be holding an ‘open primary’ contest to select its General Election candidate for Boston and Skegness.

This will mean anyone living in the constituency will have the chance to vote on who the party selects to replace Mark Simmonds as candidate, regardless of whether they are a party member or supporter.

A spokesman said that the party is currently going through an internal process to select a shortlist of contenders.

The ‘open primary’ event itself is expected to be held at the end of October and is likely to involve no more than four candidates.

Louth and Horncastle candidate Victoria Atkins was selected via this process - as was current Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles.

All those who attend will be able to question the candidates and vote for their favourites. The only stipulation is that they must be on the electoral roll for Boston and Skegness.

The spokesman added: “This is going to be a real opportunity for the people of Boston and Skegness to have their say, whatever their political persuasion, on who the Conservative Party’s candidate is for the General Election.”

The date and location of the event will be announced at a later date.