Tories stage 'open primary'
Three Tory candidates put their cases to the public today in Britain's first "open primary" style election for a prospective MP.
Nearly 400 people were at Torbay Leisure Centre in south Devon to hear from Dr Sarah Wollaston, Sara Randall Johnson and Torbay Mayor Nick Bye who are all bidding to stand for the Totnes seat.
Sitting MP Anthony Steen announced he would stand down at the next election in the wake of the expenses scandal.
Mr Steen said he would go after it was revealed he had spent £87,729 in four years towards the upkeep of his £1 million mansion.
The three candidates were allocated 30 minutes each before they took questions from the floor.
Political commentator and former MP Matthew Parris chaired the event.
Ballot papers have been sent to all 69,000 voters in Totnes.
The open election of a candidate is thought to be the first held by a British political party and was hailed as "historic" by the Tories.
A party spokesman said votes must be in by 30 July and they hope to announce the winner by the end of the month.
- 1 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response from Ellen DeGeneres
- 2 What supermodels really think about posing in the nude
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Black teen in critical condition after store employee 'shoots him for stealing 79-cent pack of cookies'
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response from Ellen DeGeneres
Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
North Korean defector flees to Finland 'with evidence of chemical testing on humans'
Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase who fled London to join terrorists in Syria mocks victims of Tunisia massacre
Father faces deportation to Thailand after 27 years in Britain for two 'stupid crimes'
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
£20000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This long established dealer gr...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Company is the UK's leading...
£23172 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the leading and fastest growing h...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an experienced Resident...