Home Secretary Suella Braverman beat fellow Tory Flick Drummond this evening in a party vote to become the party’s candidate for a proposed new constituency, Fareham and Waterlooville.
Both Mrs Drummond’s Meon Valley and Mrs Braverman Fareham seats will disappear under new constituency boundary changes. Most of the Meon Valley will be included in the Winchester constituency, with the southern area, including Wickham, going to a new Fareham and Waterlooville seat which they both wanted to be selected as Conservative candidate for it in the next General Election.
The two women went head to head this evening at a meeting of local party members in what has been dubbed the Battle of Waterlooville and Mrs Braverman beat Mrs Drummond.
A number of constituency changes have been proposed across the UK as part of the 2023 boundary review. The review started in January 2021 and its final recommendations are due to be presented by July 1st this year, with changes expected before the next election.
The Boundary Commission for England has closed its “final consultation” and is considering the feedback received.
Ms Braverman has represented the Fareham constituency since 2015. Ms Drummond represented Portsmouth South between 2015 and 2017 and has represented Meon Valley since 2019.