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Loyalists win big in 1922 election

Loyalists win big in 1922 election
A string of 2010 intake MPs have been elected to the Tory backbench 1922 Committee.

In a victory for the modernising 301 group of MPs, key posts were taken by Karen Bradley, George Eustice and George Hollingbery.

Right-winger Nick de Bois was elected to one of the positions of secretary, while Bernard Jenkin, Steve Baker and Heather Wheeler were all elected on a No Turning Back Group slate.

Moderniser Charlie Elphicke failed to get elected, but rightwing stalwart Christopher Chope also missed out on a position.

The results come after a senior Conservative backbencher has accused Downing Street of "fixing" the elections to the party's 1922 committee.

Elections take place this evening to the committee amid unease that Number 10 appears to have endorsed a slate of candidates from the 301 group of loyal MPs.

Mark Pritchard, who decided not to stand again as Secretary of the Committee, told PoliticsHome: "Downing Street should spend more time trying to fix the economy and less time trying to fix the 1922 elections."

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