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Tories Remove General Election Candidate Just Before Nomination Deadline

7 June 2024
2 min.
Tories Remove General Election Candidate Just Before Nomination Deadline

Scandal Rocks Hemel Hempstead

The Conservative Party withdrew Jaymey McIvor as their Hemel Hempstead candidate hours before the nomination deadline on Friday after receiving an anonymous complaint about his conduct.

McIvor, an Epping Forest councillor, announced his withdrawal on X (formerly Twitter) just 50 minutes before the 4pm deadline, citing "personal reasons." He expressed pride in his campaign and gratitude towards supporters.

Hemel Hempstead Conservative Association chairman William Wyatt-Lowe revealed that the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) informed them of the complaint on Thursday. Despite McIvor’s denial and initial refusal to resign, his party membership was suspended pending an investigation, making him ineligible to stand.

Wyatt-Lowe shared McIvor's support for the investigation, confident it would clear his name and allow him to pursue future political ambitions.

A Conservative Party spokesperson confirmed McIvor's suspension, emphasizing that the complaints process is "private and confidential."

In his place, CCHQ appointed Andrew Williams, a Hertfordshire county councillor and leader of the Conservative group on Dacorum Borough Council, as the new candidate for Hemel Hempstead.

The nomination deadline for the General Election passed at 4pm on Friday, with local authorities starting to publish nominations from 5pm. They have until 4pm on Monday to address any objections.

In other updates, former Labour MPs Claudia Webbe and Keith Vaz will contest the Leicester East seat as independents, with Rajesh Agrawal as the official Labour candidate. Faiza Shaheen, also running as an independent, will contest Chingford and Woodford Green after being dropped by Labour.

In Essex, Richard Holden, previously representing North West Durham, is confirmed as the Conservative candidate for Basildon and Billericay. Despite local concerns, he will face Stephen Conlay of Reform UK, dismissing rumors of a challenge by pop star Holly Vallance.

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