More than 100 people have put themselves forward to take over the role of South Suffolk Conservative party candidate.
Applicants are aiming to replace ousted MP Tim Yeo, who was deselected by the party’s association earlier this year.
Those in the running will be narrowed down to a shortlist of six, who will go on to a selection meeting on July 11.
All members of the South Suffolk Conservative Association will be permitted to take part in the meeting when a candidate will be chosen for the General Election next May.
Mr Yeo, who has been an MP since 1983, lost out in a party vote in February after the association’s executive committee decided not to readopt him.
Many in the party felt that Mr Yeo, who spends the majority of his time living in Sandwich, Kent, was not a regular presence in his constituency.
It was also felt that the 69-year-old was too old and spent too much time focusing on financial interests with energy companies.