More 'Turnip Taliban' Rebellions on the Way, Conservatives Warned

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Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor

DAVID CAMERON was warned to expect fresh "Turnip Taliban" revolts by local Tory associations today after a would-be MP survived a deselection attempt.

High-flyer Liz Truss was endorsed overwhelmingly by Norfolk South West Conservatives despite claims that she and party chiefs failed to tell activists about her extra-marital affair.

Ms Truss dismissed the controversy about her private life as "flim-flam" and vowed to direct her fire against the Government.

She told the Standard today: "I am looking forward to campaigning and I will focus on Labour's failure to deliver on infrastructure and the economy."

Party sources said Mr Cameron was "delighted" by Ms Truss's victory, which followed bitter accusations that the local party was not fully told of her affair with Tory MP for Cities of London and Westminster, Mark Field. But John Strafford, chairman of the grassroots Campaign for Conservative Democracy, hit out at the way the selection process has been handled in Norfolk, where opponents of Ms Truss were dubbed the "Turnip Taliban".

Mr Strafford told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the Norfolk activists had "unfurled the banner of freedom and democracy" in opposing centralised control of favoured candidates. …


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