I was surprised when earlier in the year Sir Patrick Cormack was deselected by his local party executive. I was even more surprised when it was revealed that there were voting irregularities and that more votes had been cast than there were votes issued. So I expected that he would walk the reselection meeting.
However, the vote on whether he retains his place as the Tory candidate was announced as a tie, and will now have to go to a vote of the party members in South Staffs.
Sir Patrick says he is confident of their support. But you have to ask what he has done that has so annoyed his own local party executive. I am not alleging anything, but the is truth in the old saying that there is no smoke without fire.