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Pritchard hits out on 'ethnic beauty contest'

Pritchard hits out on 'ethnic beauty contest'

Tory MP Mark Pritchard has urged his party leadership to avoid an "ethnic beauty contest" when selecting parliamentary candidates.

Writing for PoliticsHome, Mr Pritchard says the party risks putting itself "on a collision course with Conservative associations" if it prioritises ethnic minorities over equally capable white British prospective candidates.

"Any outside interference is rightly and fiercely resisted. Number 10 must learn the lessons from the failed ‘A list’ experiment," Mr Pritchard writes.

His call may be seen as a rebuke to David Cameron, who has called for more action to build support for the party among black and Asian voters, with MPs and candidates getting advice from Tory HQ on how to engage with different communities.

The party dropped the 'A-list' designed to encourage more women and ethnic minority candidates at the end of last year, with co-chairman Grant Shapps saying the Conservatives had "crossed the Rubicon" in selecting more diverse candidates.

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