Curious news from Darlington Conservatives that they have chosen Michael Fallon, now the MP for Sevenoaks, to launch their local election manifesto later this month.
Fallon is of course the arch-Thatcherite who was MP for Darlington between 1983 and 1992, when he was comprehensively beaten by Labour's Alan Milburn.
It seems an odd choice by local Tories - reminding the people of Darlington of everything they disliked and then rejected about their party in the 1990's would hardly seem to be a great start to their campaign. I guess it reinforces the view that grassroots Tories in the town are still very much wedded to the past. Scarcely a party able to take the town forward after May.