Chris Philp wins in Croydon South

CHRIS Philp can surely start thinking about how he wants to fit out his parliamentary office now. The former Gospel Oak councillor has won the Croydon South nomination tonight, a surefire Conservative seat. Finally, we will be able to stop going on about his 42 vote defeat to Glenda Jackson in Hampstead and Kilburn on that amazing election night/morning back in 2010. Laura Trott, a councillor in Frognal who works as a special adviser to David Cameron, did not advance past the longlist, but she wasn’t alone in that disappointment: Kit Malthouse and Shaun Bailey also missed the cut when the numbers were whittled.

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