The Open Primary system for selecting Conservative candidates has not been universally popular, but it has changed the way potential candidates have to operate. In days gone by it was seen as a little 'off colour' for a candidate to canvass support during the selection process. Nowadays it seems to be de rigueur in Open Primaries.
Recently I saw a leaflet by Alan Mendoza who had applied for Harrow East, which was delivered to 15,000 houses in the constituency urging Conservatives and non Conservatives alike to attend the final Open Primary meeting. 'A' Lister Vicky Ford has gone one step further and launched a blog to support her candidacy for Basildon & East Thurrock. The final is on Thursday. You can see her blog HERE. It's a very good site but it's a risk for her. It should be seen as 'a good thing' and indicate how she will campaign as a candidate, but she will know that such overt campaigning could count against her with the more traditional elements in the local Party.