Joanne Cash is one of David Cameron's A-list candidates. She is glamorous looking and also, apparently, a top media barrister whose progressive instincts and interest in libel reform would make her a valuable addition to the Conservatives' parliamentary benches. So her sudden resignation last night from being a candidate for the Tory winnable seat of Westminster North has come as an unwelcome surprise. Conservative Home reported the meeting in a brief couple of lines. Apparently Tory Chairman Eric Pickles was there, as was the party's Lords leader, Lord Strathclyde.
But has Cash really resigned? Party headquarters may prefer to avoid a potentially divisive new selection meeting, and according to Paul Waugh, Cash appears to be tweeting as if she is still the candidate. Curiouser and curiouser.