Independent councillor linked to Tory MP bid

Frampton and Holme councillor, Stuart Ashton. ENGEMN00120121022154007
Frampton and Holme councillor, Stuart Ashton. ENGEMN00120121022154007

An independent borough councillor is said to be weighing up a bid to become the Conservative contender for Boston and Skegness at next year’s General Election.

Frampton and Holme councillor Stuart Ashton is said to be applying to contest the party’s ‘open primary’ event this month.

He won a seat on Boston Borough Council in 2012 after Brian Rush stood down but is not currently allied to a political party.

It is not known whether he intends to change to become a Conservative councillor.

When asked if he will contest the Conservative nomination he said: “No comment.”

The Standard also understands that Lyn Luxton wishes to stand for the Conservatives. It is believed she has conducted ‘fact-finding’ exercises to inform her campign, including manning the desk at Boston CAB and introduced herself to officials at Boston Stump.

Former solider Matthew Glanville and ex-county councillor Kelly Smith have already announced their intention to stand.

The open primary 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.

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 after an ‘internal’ prcoess to select a shortlist.

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