GP selected as Tory candidate in first 'open primary' vote
By Nigel Praities
A GP has been selected as the next Conservative Party parliamentary candidate for Totnes in Devon, after she received thousands of votes from constituents.
Dr Sarah Wollaston – who has no experience of politics – won an ‘open primary' contest against two local government leaders with 7,914 votes from constituents.
The vote is a first for a political party, with all 69,000 voters in the Totnes constituency able to vote to select a candidate.
Dr Wollaston, a GP at Chagford Health Centre in, Devon, told BBC Online she was delighted and 'very surprised' at the outcome.
‘I have no political background or experience and I hope in other constituencies people who, like me, have very ordinary jobs will come forward and see if they can be a candidate,' she said.