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GP wins Tory 'open primary' race

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A GP has been named as the Tories' next parliamentary candidate for Totnes after thousands voted in an "open primary" selection process.

Dr Sarah Wollaston will represent the party at the next general election, when current MP Anthony Steen steps down.

The "open primary" process allowed everyone in the constituency, regardless of party affiliation, to take part in the selection process.

Radio 4's The World At One brought together John Strafford, from the Campaign for Conservative Democracy group, and the Labour MP Frank Field to discuss the initiative.

They were talking to Shaun Ley.

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