An ardent Brexiteer has been chosen as the Tory candidate to take on Dominic Grieve in the upcoming general election.
Joy Morrissey, who has criticised the “democratic deficit” within the EU, was last night selected by the Beaconsfield Conservative association to replace the former attorney general as their candidate.
Ms Morrissey said she had become “more resolved in my Leave feelings” since the 2016 referendum and warned that people who voted for Brexit feel like their “voice isn’t being listened to”.
The American-born councillor for Ealing - who once starred in a series of low budget movies - will now face a fight against Mr Grieve as he stands as an independent on a Remain ticket.
The Liberal Democrats have agreed to step aside for him to avoid splitting the pro-EU vote, with their candidate Rob Castell saying it was import to row in “behind the leading Remain candidate”.
Mr Grieve had the Conservative whip withdrawn in September after voting with opposition parties to block a no-deal Brexit.
Influential Tory QC Martin Howe, who works to find legal solutions to restore sovereignty post-Brexit, was one of the final three candidates to make it onto the shortlist for Beaconsfield.
This weekend a raft of former government special advisers were selected as candidates across the country.
Danny Kruger, the political secretary to Boris Johnson and son of Bake Off star Prue Leith, won the candidacy of Devizes, Wiltshire, amid a local selection row.
Devizes party chairman Brigadier Peter Sharpe resigned last over the influence of Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) in the choice of candidates for the safe seat.
He was said to be “livid” when he was told two of his local candidates had to be ditched.
Simon Jupp, the former special adviser to Dominic Raab, was selected to be the Tory candidate East Devon and Claire Courinho, who worked for Rishi Sunak at the Treasury, was picked to represent East Surrey.
Last night Conservatives in Mid Sussex were due to select from a shortlist that included Michael Gove’s former Brexit adviser Henry Newman.
There are fears that CCHQ is asserting more control over the candidates list than ever before.
Under by-election rules they can put forward a shortlist of three candidates in constituencies that have yet to select their representative.
A Tory insider said this practice was at risk of “undermining the integrity of the candidates list”.
Other candidates selected to stand for the Conservatives include counter-terrorism expert Alicia Kearns and former BBC broadcast journalist Rob Butler.
Mr Butler replaces Theresa May’s defacto deputy David Lindington in Aylesbury, while Essex council member Gagan Mohindra will replace David Gauke in South West Hertfordshire.