Over the last few weeks, a handful of Andrew Pelling supporters have written to me suggesting that I should stand down so that Andrew can be reinstated as the Conservative candidate.
This was always a silly suggestion. If I did what they asked, the Conservative Party would simply appoint a new candidate - David Cameron is not going to give up on one of the seats he needs to win in order to form the next Government - and, given that Andrew does not currently have the Conservative Whip, he would not be eligible to be considered.
Ahh, they reply but if Andrew were able to continue as an MP he would take the Whip back. Andrew himself has now confirmed that they are wrong. Answering a question from a disillusioned Labour voter on his website, he has guaranteed that if he is re-elected he will not take the Whip back under any circumstances.
Perhaps his supporters should have checked with him before making such a fuss. At least people who want to vote for someone who will support a Conservative Government now know where they stand.