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Fears Conservative parliamentary candidate Lucy Frazer could lose her position as meeting is called

By Ely News  |  Posted: January 02, 2014

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A woman who was elected as the new Conservative parliamentary candidate for South East Cambridgeshire could lose her position, it is feared.

Cambridge University graduate Lucy Frazer was voted in as the Tory candidate to fight for Sir Jim Paice’s seat as MP for South East Cambs in the 2015 election.

The open primary was held in Ely in December and sparked controversy immediately afterwards when it emerged that not one of the four candidates were from the constituency, and there were claims that the party wanted the position to be taken by a woman.

But now there is a new twist.

The South East Cambs Conservative Association is to hold a special meeting following complaints about the election itself.

It is not known who has made the complaints or how many have been lodged but all association members have been asked to attend a meeting on Friday, January 10.

Officers from the party’s headquarters will also attend and those present will be asked to confirm Lucy Frazer as their desired candidate.

Members of the public are not being invited to the meeting.

One member of the association, who did not want to be named, is worried Ms Frazer could lose her position.

The member said: “I’m worried we’re going to have to have a whole new election. There has been quite a lot of controversy over it all and now that there have been complaints about the procedures I have a horrible feeling we’re going to be asked to start all over again.

“I hope Lucy doesn’t lose her position as she was the clear favourite.

“As far as I’m aware, the complaints are about the election being unfair and there being issues with the ballot papers.”

Cllr Anna Bailey, a member of the association and whose ward is the Downham Villages, confirmed she would be attending the meeting.

She said: “I think it’s all quite ridiculous – the vote was fair and Lucy won that vote.”

Peter Cresswell, chairman of the constituency, said he was unable to comment on the nature of the complaints.

But he said: “A special meeting has been called. Lucy is aware of the situation and all members have been invited to attend the meeting, which is not a public meeting.

“The meeting is being held as a result of complaints which have been made.”

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