Spotted a neat little story in today's Spy column in the Telegraph. Apparently, John Maples MP addressed the Battersea Conservative Association about their options for choosing a PPC. During the address he floated the idea that the Association "voluntarily" choose an all-women shortlist. Sweets were offered in return.
The shocking thing about Battersea is that it's a hyper-marginal with a 163 Labour majority. That situation exist primarily because of the hard work of the former PPC Dominic Schofield who, unbelievably, didn't get on to the A-List the first time round (not sure if he's got on subsequently). Whoever is selected for Battersea is likely to win, and it will be thanks to Schofield. Personally I think he should apply for the seat anyway as a "local" candidate.