Fart in lift Inquiry suffers sudden blowback
Shapps, being party chairman, has the power to put suitable individuals on the Tories’ candidates list. Conversely, he can also remove them, and this he duly did to Nick Timothy, who is a Special Advisor (SpAd) to Home Secretary Theresa May, when he declined to take part in telephone canvassing in the run-up to the Rochester and Strood by-election, citing the SpAds’ code of conduct.
Couldn't happen to a more deserving fellow
The report concludes that “telephone canvassing by a [SpAd] represents ‘the crossing of the Rubicon’ … We therefore conclude that any direction to a [SpAd] to conduct telephone canvassing was misguided, and that advice that such a direction or such canvassing was permitted under their Code and contract of employment is wrong in law”.