Latest by-election news

The Telegraph reports that Lord Frost, said to be seeking a speedy return to Westminster politics, has been ruled out as a prospective candidate for the Tories in the Tiverton and Honiton by-election.

The local Tory association is said to want a local candidate, given the Liberal Democrats – the biggest threat to victory there – are sure to criticise anyone “parachuted” into the seat.

Ideally, they are said to be looking for a woman candidate despite Oliver Dowden, the Conservative Party chairman, ruling out all-women shortlists as “blunt instruments”.

So should we be scanning the list of Tory District and County councillors?