Conservative councillor could be thrown out for running against his own party's Broxtowe election candidate

Dr John Doddy wearing a white shirt and blue NHS lanyard in a fish and chip shop
-Credit: (Image: Nottinghamshire County Council)


A Conservative councillor has explained why he is running against his own party's candidate in Broxtowe at the general election - even though the decision will likely see him expelled. Dr John Doddy, a GP at the Hickings Lane Medical Centre and a Conservative member of Nottinghamshire County Council, was recently confirmed as an independent candidate for Broxtowe at the July 4 election.

It means Dr Doddy is running against the Conservative Party candidate and the incumbent Broxtowe MP, Darren Henry, who was first elected in 2019. Dr Doddy said he was too busy at his GP practice on Monday (June 10) to have had conversations about what his decision will mean in terms of his future with the Conservatives.

Asked whether he had been told anything about his future in the party, Dr Doddy said: "Nothing that I can tell you about. I'm on a Monday morning GP surgery, so the idea I've been involved in any consultations from a political point of view isn't realistic."

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When asked if he had told the Conservatives beforehand that he was running against Mr Henry and whether he thinks he will be suspended for doing so, Dr Doddy said: "It would probably be indiscreet of me to mention anybody who I had discussions with. These things will unwind over the next number of days."

Despite Dr Doddy's uncertainty, national Conservative Party guidelines are clear that his decision will likely see him expelled. The guidelines state that every party member must not oppose any Conservative candidate in any election or act as the agent for anyone who does.

If this does occur, the guidelines state: "It is an automatic disciplinary offence and if proved is likely to result in their expulsion from the party." Dr Doddy is the Conservative councillor for Stapleford and Broxtowe Central on Nottinghamshire County Council, having first been elected in 2012, and is still listed as a Conservative member on the council's website.

Dr Doddy also remains listed on the Broxtowe Conservatives website. It is not the first time Dr Doddy has caused controversy, with previous Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry saying that Dr Doddy tried to oust her in the summer of 2018 when he was chairman of the Broxtowe Conservatives.

Dr Doddy ended up resigning his post as Broxtowe Conservatives chairman and Ms Soubry remained Broxtowe's Conservative MP, until February 2019 when she defected to join The Independent Group, later Change UK. Asked why he was now running against a fellow Conservative, Dr Doddy said: "I suppose you could look at it that way, I would look at it in a positive light.

"It's always been my passion as chair of the health and wellbeing board and as local GP that I would improve population level health Although I do that on a one to one basis, I'm trying to introduce that on a county level basis through various strategies.

"The opportunity to actually intervene on a national level was incredibly difficult to ignore and therefore I've gone in there with a mandate to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Nottinghamshire. This is a passion, call it an NHS passion, fluoridation passion, give every child the best start in life passion, but for me my raison d'être is the delivery of health, be it one to one, county wide, but even nationally.

"I'm very much in the race and I'm exceptionally delighted to have the opportunity to drive population level health interventions." Dr Doddy added that he would likely have more to say on his future as a Conservative Party member in the coming days. Below are all the candidates, presented in alphabetical order by surname, for Broxtowe.

Broxtowe candidates

Labour

Juliet Campbell

Liberal Democrats

James Collis

Independent

Dr John Doddy

Conservative

Darren Henry

Green

Teresa Needham

Reform UK

Joseph Oakley

Workers Party of Britain

Maqsood Syed