The Tories in Brighton and Hove are at each other’s throat. Leading councillor Ayas Fallon-Khan has been deselected by his Goldsmid ward association. This is the latest, and the most public, display of hostility within the local Conservative Party.
The divisions are local and personal, with genteel Hove Tories upset by the Brighton-dominated leadership. But there are other divisions – between those Tories who are basically One Nation Tories and those who are salivating at the prospect of deep cuts by the ConDem Coalition.
What most Tories are fearing as they approach next May’s local elections, is the backlash against them because of the cuts. They may not like each other, but that will be insignificant when compared to the hatred that they will experience as representatives of the Coalition Government.